ALBERTA

Trevor Kloschinsky, Rod Lazenby: Killed Alberta Peace Office Case Put Over

09/10/2012 01:47 EDT | Updated 11/10/2012 05:12 EST
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CALGARY - The suspect in the death of a retired Mountie working as an Alberta peace officer made a fifth court appearance Monday and once again had his matter put over.

Trevor Kloschinsky, 46, was charged a month ago in the first-degree murder of Rod Lazenby.

Lazenby, a retired RCMP officer who was responsible for enforcing bylaws in the Municipal District of Foothills, died Aug. 10 after going to Kloschinsky's property near Priddis, southwest of Calgary, to investigate a dog complaint.

He was dropped off at the District 8 police station in Calgary later that day in what police said was "medical distress'' and died in hospital.

An autopsy confirmed that Lazenby's death was a homicide.

Since his arrest, Kloschinsky has retained lawyer Kim Ross but nothing else has been accomplished.

Ross said the problem is that he is still working with the same brief four-page synopsis of the case he received at the beginning. Until he receives more information, he is stuck in neutral.

"It's not uncommon for disclosure to take a while but it's getting close where I'm anticipating it very shortly," Ross said outside court.

The matter was set over until Sept. 17.

"If we can get disclosure in the next couple of days, so we have enough time to address it... I hope we can start taking some substantive steps," Ross said.

Those would include a request to have Kloschinsky see a forensic psychiatrist to assess his mental health and the possibility of requesting bail.

Ross said he has not had any difficulty dealing with his client so far and Kloschinsky is coping in jail "as best as anybody could be handling it in this situation."

Lazenby, 62, was an RCMP officer for 35 years — often working undercover in Vancouver. He had retired in 2006.