NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia – Jurors in the trial of a pig farmer accused of killing 26 women were scheduled Monday to watch a video of him bragging to an undercover officer posing as a cellmate that he intended to kill "an even 50."
The video was taken in Robert "Willie" Pickton's jail cell after he was arrested in February 2002.
Pickton is standing trial for the first six counts of first-degree murder. Most of the women were sex-trade workers or drug addicts among hundreds of women who disappeared from Vancouver's gritty Downtown Eastside neighborhood.
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The other 20 murder charges will be faced at a later trial.
Prosecutors told jurors during opening arguments that the cell plant coaxed Pickton to tell him about the murders. In those talks, he is alleged to have said he killed 49 women and had intended to make it "an even 50," but that his sloppiness led to his arrest.
The defense questioned Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers last week about the ethics of lying to Pickton to gain his trust.
If found guilty of more than 14 of the charges, Pickton would become the worst convicted killer in Canadian history.