POLITICS

New Brunswick man accused of murdering his cousin says his confession is false

10/31/2012 09:57 EDT | Updated 12/31/2012 05:12 EST
MIRAMICHI, N.B. - A New Brunswick man says he falsely confessed to killing his 16-year-old cousin because that's what the police wanted.

Curtis Bonnell told his murder trial today that a confession he made to police on Dec. 2, 2009, about sexually assaulting and killing Hilary Bonnell is false.

Under cross-examination, Bonnell denied that pictures showing the position of the girl's clothing taken before an autopsy show she was fighting for her life.

The girl's mother, Pam Fillier, sobbed in court as the pictures were discussed.

The trial of the 32-year-old Bonnell, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the Court of Queen's Bench, was delayed for a few hours today after he was taken to hospital.

Outside court, lawyer Gilles Lemieux said his client complained of numbness and tightness in his chest.

On Monday, Bonnell testified that he had been drinking heavily and snorting cocaine on the night of Sept. 4, 2009, and blacked out.

He said he woke up the next morning in his pickup truck and found Hilary Bonnell dead on the seat next to him, but he didn't know how she died.

Bonnell testified that he panicked and took her body to the woods, but returned the next day to bury her.