TORONTO – A Toronto judge is expected to give his instructions to jurors today in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting and strangling a young woman.
The jury hearing the case of Kalen Schlatter will then begin its deliberations, weighing more than a month of evidence presented by the Crown and defence.
Schlatter, 23, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Tess Richey, a woman whose body was found in an outdoor stairwell in downtown Toronto in November 2017.
He testified last week that Richey was alive when he left her in an alley following a consensual sexual encounter in the early morning hours of Nov. 25, 2017.
Prosecutors, however, have alleged Schlatter was determined to have sex with Richey, who he had met hours earlier, and lured her into the alley as she was trying to go meet her Uber.
They argued Schlatter forced himself on her and strangled her when she tried to fight him off.
Court has heard Schlatter’s semen was found on Richey’s pants and his saliva on the inside of her bra.
Jurors have also viewed security footage that shows the pair walking into the alley together just before 4:15 a.m. and Schlatter leaving alone roughly 45 minutes later.
Richey was never seen alive again. Her body was found days later by her mother and a family friend.
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