PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — The father of an NHL player accused alongside his mistress with conspiracy to commit murder denied the charges in an interview with two RCMP officers, saying there was no plot to kill their respective spouses.
A tape of the interview was played in court Thursday, on which Curtis Vey said there was never any planning that took place involving him or co-accused Angela Nicholson in regards to the death of his wife or her husband.
"I love my wife," he told the officers. "I've never, ever thought of it ... I can't even kill a deer. I'm just not built that way."
Vey also said while the officer might not believe it, "I felt a lot closer to her now in the last couple months than I felt for years."
On Wednesday, Vey's wife, Brigitte, took the stand and testified to her suspicions that the pair was having an affair.
She said on July 1, 2013, she hid her iPod under the kitchen table at the farmhouse and put it on record while she went to work.
The jury then heard a scratchy recording in which Curtis Vey and Nicholson talked about her separation from her husband, Jim Taylor, and whether anyone would notice if he disappeared.
They also spoke about setting a fire at his house.
Vey, who said Nicholson spent an hour at his house that day to discuss divorce and finances, told the officers he knew his wife had set her iPod to record but insisted he didn't have anything to hide so he let it keep recording.
In his first interview with officers, Vey acknowledged he'd had a relationship with a woman in the fall of 2012 but said it was emotional and not sexual, adding that he ended it later that year.
But in a second interview from the next day, Vey opened up about the affair, admitting he wasn't happy in his marriage.
He also talked about a conversation he had with his son, Vancouver Canucks forward Linden Vey, after his wife confronted him with the iPod recording.
"I can't be a part of this anymore," Vey said his son told him. "I don't know if I can come back to the farm, Dad."
Vey told the officers it felt like his heart had been ripped out.
Crown prosecutor Lori O'Connor has told the jury she intends to prove the lovers settled on a plan to kill Brigitte Vey in a house fire and Nicholson's husband by overdose.
(Prince Albert Daily Herald)