Psychologist report in on accused murderer of peace officer
Charity: Defence says report shows Kloschinsky was mentally ill at time of killing
By: Darlene Casten
| Posted: Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 11:33 am
The man accused of killing a foothills peace officer will remain in psychiatric care until his next court date in late March.
Trevor Kloschinsky made a brief court appearance in Calgary on March 7. Kloschinsky is charged with the first-degree murder of peace officer Rod Lazenby on Aug. 10, 2012.
Lazenby was at Kloschinsky’s Priddis-area rental home that day to discuss his more than 30 dogs. He had issued a notice to have the kennel shut down and was working with Kloschinsky to have the proper paperwork filled out to apply for the proper permits to house that many dogs. Lazenby was believed to have been following up on the issue on the day of his death.
It is unknown what happened next, but it’s alleged that morning Kloschinsky drove a nearly dead Lazenby to a Calgary police station. Lazenby died on the way to the hospital.
The case has been before the courts for a year-and-a-half.
Last week the court heard a psychologist report that looked at Kloschinsky’s mental state at the time of the killing was ready.
Kloschinsky’s lawyer, Maggie O’Shaughnessy, said the report shows her client has a mental illness.
“There is no surprise in the results,” she said. “My client is unwell.”
She said the report is lengthy and had input from multiple psychologists.
The Crown prosecutor said they only received the report a day earlier and need time to review it before deciding what the next step will be.
O’Shaughnessy expressed frustration that the case again couldn’t move forward.
“As you heard today the Crown was completely not prepared to move ahead today,” she said.
O’Shaughnessy she was granted a request to have Kloschinsky kept at the forensics centre until his next court date.
“In remand he will continue to deteriorate,” she said.
O’Shaughnessy said she hopes to set a hearing to determine if Kloschinsky was criminally responsible at the time of Lazenby’s death, however, she believes the Crown will oppose it.
If the Crown does oppose a hearing, a trial could be set.
Kloschinsky will be back in Calgary court March 25.