Clerk says accused murderer admitted he was in fight

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

A night clerk at a downtown Yellowknife motel has testified that Denecho King came into the motel lobby the night John Wifladt was killed and told him that he had been in a fight with two men.

The man’s testimony came yesterday on day six of the 25-year-old King’s murder and attempted murder trial.

The witness testified that he had previously known King when King came into the lobby of the Northern Lites Motel about five o’clock in the morning on December 14, 2014.

The encounter the clerk had with King that night came just hours after the violent death of Wifladt and the wounding of Wifladt’s friend – Colin Digness in an apartment rented by Digness.

The Crown alleges that King attacked the two men with an ornamental sword belonging to Digness that was already in the apartment.

The clerk says when King was in the motel lobby – he tuned him out because he did not want to hear about the fight.

Under cross examination from King’s defence lawyer, the clerk admitted that King did not specify when the fight had happened.

In security video from the motel – played in court Monday – King can be seen making swinging and hacking motions with his bare hands while in the motel lobby.

The witness was not asked what if anything King was saying when he made those gestures.

King can also been seen on security video at least once – entering a room on the second floor of the motel.

The clerk testified he thought King was still in the room when he went there later that morning.

King is charged with second degree murder and attempted murder.

His trial is to continue Tuesday.

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