'I killed her': Trial begins for Regina man accused in wife's death
Jason Daniel McKay has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. He's accused of killing his wife, Jenny, in September 2017. The judge-alone trial began Monday at Regina's Court of Queen's Bench.Jason Daniel McKay's demeanour and appearance — allegedly emotionless and covered in blood — were unexpected by the police officer knocking at his door.
Seated in the back of a police car, an apparently intoxicated Jason Daniel McKay is heard repeatedly stating he killed his spouse Jenny Leigh McKay . “I know I’m charged for murder because she’s dead. Dead,” he is heard saying on in-car video. “There’s so much blood , it’s not even funny.”.
Jason Daniel McKay has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. He's accused of killing his wife , Jenny , in September 2017. He said "I killed her," "there's so much blood there it's not even funny," "she's dead, dead as a f—king door knob" and "I sat over that dead body for about two hours."
Seated in the back of a police car, an apparently intoxicated Jason Daniel McKay is heard repeatedly stating he killed his spouse Jenny Leigh McKay.
“I know I’m charged for murder because she’s dead. Dead,” he is heard saying on in-car video. “There’s so much blood, it’s not even funny.” Then later, “She’s dead. Dead as a f***g doornail.”
Alcohol abuse and potential complications from medication are expected to play a role in the case against 47-year-old Jason, who is accused of stabbing his wife to death in 2017.
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He’s on trial at Regina Court of Queen’s Bench for a second-degree murder, accused of killing 33-year-old Jenny sometime between Sept. 5 and 6, 2017. Initially expected to be held before a jury, Crown and defence counsel agreed to re-elect to judge alone.
The trial, set for three weeks, began Monday with approximately 10 witnesses, among them family members of both Jason and Jenny, police officers and neighbours who described hearing the sound of fighting from the McKay residence at 207 Angus St. in the time leading up to the homicide.
Court heard from family members who described both Jason and Jenny as having alcohol problems, and stating the couple would often drink together with sometimes bad results.
Jason’s 19-year-old daughter Alyssa testified she was living at the Angus Street house when, on one occasion, Jenny threw a glass at Jason, causing a cut. And approximately a week before Jenny’s death, Jason also reacted violently to Alyssa, herself, calling him a name, she told court. Her father then shoved Alyssa to the ground, she said.
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McDonald told the court Jason answered the door covered in blood . McDonald said he asked McKay where his McDonald arrested McKay and put him in his police vehicle. The crown showed the court the surveillance video from She’s dead. I killed her.’ McKay also repeatedly threatens the officers.
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Alyssa and Jenny’s cousin and close friend Pamela Adams described the couple as problem drinkers who fed off each other. Alyssa further described anti-depression and sleep medications Jason was taking and how he continued to drink even while taking the drugs.
Alyssa and Jason’s mother Ann McKay described the medication causing changes to his demeanour and personality. Alyssa described her father as more depressed, confused and like a “zombie.”
Ann said her son called her early in the morning of Sept. 6, leading her to worry he might kill himself. She told him she was going to call the police to check on him. She said he hung up after telling her, “Well, you’re next.”
Ann said she didn’t know what Jason meant by that.
Police officers showed up at the Angus Street residence at approximately 3:30 a.m., expecting to do a welfare check. Const. Graham McDonald said he was “taken aback” by what he saw when Jason answered the door.
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“He looked like he was covered in blood …,” he said, describing blood all over Jason and his clothes. “There was blood everywhere.”
Jason said he was unhurt and was unemotional when he stated his wife was dead and that he’d killed her, McDonald testified.
Police placed him under arrest and court watched in-car video in which a highly agitated Jason rambles repeatedly about the incident. Along with numerous mentions of Jenny being dead at his own hands and repeated comments about wanting to fight police, he says he was with the body for “two hours” and that he “f***g killed her.”
Const. Scott Ash told the court he checked on Jenny, whom he found in the kitchen. She had no pulse and was cold, and Ash added the room was covered with blood — “more than anyone could lose and sustain life.”
He described a wound to her throat and a large butcher knife protruding from her chest.
Many details heard on Monday are subject to a voir dire, or a trial within a trial in which a judge must decide which evidence will be considered as part of the trial proper.
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