Handlen trial wrapping up
By Chad Ingram
Published Jan. 10, 2019
The murder trial of one-time Minden resident Garry Handlen was wrapping up in B.C. Supreme Court this week.
Handlen, who was living on Minden’s Anson Street at the time, was arrested in November of 2014, in connection to the killings of two British Columbia girls in the 1970s.
The trial, which began in late October, centred on the murder of Monika Jack, a 12-year-old girl who went missing near Merritt, B.C. in May of 1978, and whose remains were found by foresters some 17 years later, in June of 1995.
The trial involved the showing of a video of Handlen taken by undercover police officers, and according to Global News, that video shows Handlen saying, “I think I strangled her, but I’m not sure,” after describing grabbing a girl off her bicycle.
“I just grabbed her,” Global reports Handlen as saying in the video. “Threw her bike in the lake, grabbed her, took her in the camper and went up the hill.”
A spokesperson for the B.C. Supreme Court told the Times that legal counsel was making their final submissions this week, with the judge expected to give his charge to the jury on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Handlen pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.