Accused murderer King returns to crime scene

Denecho King at the scene of the crime during his trial, was convicted in July of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of John Wifladt.
John McFadden/CKLB News photo

Accused murderer Denecho King has returned to the scene of the crime.

The 25-year-old was taken by RCMP back to the Sunridge apartment building in Yellowknife Friday morning as the trial participants took a field trip.

King was tightly guarded as his lawyer, the judge, Crown prosecutors, court security officers and several Mounties made their way to the building where John Wifladt was fatally wounded in December of 2014.

A witness in the case – a woman who lives one flight down – directly underneath the third floor apartment where Wifladt was found – has testified that King knocked on her door in the early morning hours of the day of the violent incident.

She says King asked for her boyfriend through the closed door.

She says she saw it was King through the peephole and did not let him into her apartment unit.

King is charged with the murder of Wifladt and the attempted murder of his friend – the tenant of the murder scene apartment – Colin Digness.

The Crown had requested the field trip to allow the judge to put more physical perspective on the testimony he has been listening to.

The trial was adjourned for the day after the trip to Sunridge.

It is to resume Monday.

It is believed that first responders will take the witness stand Monday.

Forensic evidence – possibly including D-N-A evidence – is to be given the following week with RCMP experts on the witness stand.


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