Candace Derksen’s killer calm, unemotional in police interview: video
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This article was published 21/03/2011 (4169 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
WINNIPEG – Members of the public are being given a look inside the police interrogation of Mark Grant, who was convicted last month of the cold-case killing of Winnipeg teenager Candace Derksen.
Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal ruled Monday that a three-and-a-half hour videotape interview played to jurors at the high-profile trial can now be broadcast.
The interview was conducted shortly after Grant’s May 16, 2007 arrest for the 1984 disappearance and death of 13-year Candace. Jurors took more than three days to deliberate the evidence before convicting Grant of second-degree murder. He will be sentenced April 27 and faces a mandatory life penalty with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.
Throughout the marathon interview session, Grant appeared unemotional and repeatedly professed his innocence, even after he was confronted with his DNA being found on Candace’s clothing and in the shed where she died.
“I’ve got nothing to say about that,” he told officers Sgt. Al Bradbury and Sgt. Jon Lutz. “I didn’t know her. If you guys have a case, then prove it to me because I don’t believe you do.”
Candace vanished while walking home from Mennonite Brethren Collegiate on Nov. 30, 1984. Despite an intensive search by police and volunteers, her bound and frozen body wasn’t found until Jan. 17, 1985, inside a shed in a brickyard near her Elmwood home.
Much of the Crown’s case focuses on seven hairs found on Candace’s clothing and on a log stump in the shed. Traces of Grant’s DNA were also found on twine that had been used to tie up Candace.
During his police interview, the officers tried repeatedly to get Grant to confess.
“I’m not going to put any sort of pressure on you or anything like that,” Bradbury told the suspect. “But if you choose to explain what happened on — it’s not my job to judge you or anything like that. “I’ll sit here. I’ll listen. I don’t know, maybe you have some overwhelming urges that you can’t control that have led to this.”
Lutz asked Grant if perhaps Candace’s death was an accident or a prank gone wrong. “You can’t really tell people what’s causing a lot of that unrest in you,” Lutz said. “I can’t imagine really having to hold onto something like that for all those years and not being able to find an outlet for that.”
But Grant remained silent. “I have nothing more to say,” he told the officers, his tattooed arms folded against his chest.
His demeanor changed when the officers, late in the interview, finally confronted Grant with the DNA evidence. Grant hung his head in silence, refusing to look at the officers.
“We built a case on the fact that we’re saying you’re the murderer in this situation,” Bradbury said. “That forensically, scientifically we are going to prove our case. You say you don’t know Candace, you’ve never been there, there’s no reason for your DNA to be there. We say that’s because you’re the murderer.”
The officers also told Grant that it took Candace about 30 hours to freeze to death, and that she would have likely gone in and out of consciousness.
“Apparently, it’s a very painful death,” Lutz said.
“I don’t know if somebody can get gratification by standing over that body, by looking at it tied up like that,” Bradbury said to Grant. “Is that a possibility somebody can get gratification from that?”
Grant replied he’s not like that. “I don’t experience stuff like that ‘cause I didn’t do it, whether you want to believe it or not,” he told the officers.
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