NEWS
06/02/2016 17:48 EDT | Updated 06/03/2017 01:12 EDT

Closing arguments made in trial of pair accused of conspiring to kill spouses

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Jurors will begin deliberations Friday on whether a Saskatchewan man and his mistress conspired to kill their spouses.

Closing arguments in the trial of Curtis Vey, 52, and Angela Nicholson, 51, wrapped up Thursday in Prince Albert.

Crown prosecutor Lori O'Connor argued that Vey and Nicholson planned to kill Brigitte Vey and Jim Taylor at the Vey farmhouse near Wakaw, Sask. on July 1, 2013.

O'Connor said that based on a conversation recorded by Vey's wife, both of the accused met the threshold for conspiracy to commit murder.

The prosecutor said Vey and Nicholson had a detailed plan to plant a letter or will for Jim Taylor, and later set the Vey farmhouse on fire.

But Vey and Nicholson's lawyers told court their clients weren't serious about killing their spouses and didn't have any intention of doing so.

"Where is the evidence?" Vey's lawyer, Aaron Fox, asked the 12-member jury on Thursday.

Fox said that while the pair did talk and there was discussion, there was no actual agreement or intention to murder their spouses.

"It looks like a plan but it was just a discussion, that's all it was," Fox said.

Court heard earlier in the trial that Brigitte Vey hid an iPod under the kitchen table at their farmhouse and recorded her husband and Nicholson.

On that tape previously played in court, Vey and Nicholson are heard talking about doctoring Taylor's coffee with sleeping pills, making him disappear, and planting a will that would leave everything to Nicholson and her two daughters.  

O'Connor said that while the two accused did not explicitly state they planned to kill, she said there was an inference that the intention was to cause Brigitte Taylor's death and to make Jim Taylor disappear.

A diary entry from Nicholson stated that she hated Jim Taylor and Brigitte Vey and she wanted them to suffer.

But Nicholson's lawyer, Ron Piche, noted the entry did not have a date on it and his client clarified it was from 2011.

Piche also noted his client was not capable of putting the plan into action.

In a video conversation with an undercover police officer, Nicholson said she had been talking about something out of anger — it was nothing she intended to do.

(Prince Albert Daily Herald)