A Winnipeg jury watched a video today of murder suspect Karl McKay trudging through deep snow to show RCMP officers exactly where he buried the body of five-year-old Phoenix Sinclair.
An emotional McKay tells police he regrets what he did to Phoenix and wants to ensure she gets a proper burial.
"I’m sorry, you shouldn’t be out here. Phoenix shouldn’t be out here," says McKay.
"It’s a very bad thing that I’ve done, burying her out here."
The 17-minute video was shot in March 2006 near the landfill at the Fisher River First Nation, about 200 kilometres north of Winnipeg. McKay uses his hands to draw the exact spot in the snow where he believes Phoenix was buried nine months earlier following her violent death.
McKay and RCMP had reached the remote, wooded area by snowmobile.
McKay had been interviewed by police earlier that day at Headingley Jail and finally broke down under extensive interrogation and agreed to lead officers Phoenix’s remains.
McKay and his former common-law wife, Samantha Kematch, are accused of disposing of Phoenix’s body in June 2005 following months of alleged abuse and neglect that ended with her death. The couple is on trial for first-degree murder.
McKay’s two teen sons told jurors last week how they witnessed Phoenix being repeatedly abused, neglected and degraded by McKay and Kematch during the months preceding her death. They said the couple "took turns" beating her and then covered up the killing by wrapping her body in tarp and burying it near the dump. Kematch then allegedly tried to pass off another young child as her daughter when child welfare officials began asking questions in March 2006.
Both McKay and Kematch have admitted to beating Phoenix but they blame each other for her death.
Jurors are continuing to hear audio tapes today of discussions police had with McKay on the ride back to Headingley Jail from Fisher River.