POLITICS

A timeline of events in the serial-murder case against Cody Legebokoff

09/11/2014 09:00 EDT | Updated 11/11/2014 05:59 EST
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Significant dates in the serial-murder case against Cody Legebokoff, 24, who was convicted Thursday of four counts of first-degree murder.

Oct. 9, 2009: Jill Stuchenko, 35, is last seen in Prince George, B.C.

Oct. 26: Stuchenko's body is found half buried in a gravel pit in the outskirts of the city.

Aug. 31 or Sept. 1, 2010: Natasha Montgomery, 23, is last seen leaving a friend's house in Prince George. Her body is never found.

Sept. 10: Cynthia Maas, 35, is last seen.

Oct. 9: Maas' body is found in a wooded park.

Nov. 27, 2010: An RCMP officer spots Legebokoff's truck speeding out of a remote logging road near Vanderhoof, B.C., and pulls him over. Initially, Legebokoff, whose clothing was stained with blood, claimed he had been poaching deer, but a conservation officer later finds the body of 15-year-old Loren Leslie along the same road Legebokoff was spotted driving out of. Legebokoff is charged with one count of first-degree murder.

Oct. 17, 2011: Legebokoff is charged with three more counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Stuchenko, Maas and Montgomery.

June 2, 2014: Legebokoff's trial begins in front of a jury in Prince George.

Aug. 1: The Crown finishes its case after calling 93 witnesses.

Aug. 26: Legebokoff takes the stand in his own defence. He tells the jury he was present when the three women died, but he said three other people, who he refused to name, were also involved and that he didn't personally carry out the killings. He says Leslie "flipped out" and killed herself with a pipe wrench and a knife.

Sept. 2: During closing arguments, Legebokoff's defence lawyer asks the jury to convict his client of four counts of second-degree murder instead of first-degree murder.

Sept. 10: The jury retires to consider its verdict.

Sept. 11: Legebokoff is convicted of four counts of first-degree murder.

(Prince George Citizen)