TORONTO – Closing arguments are set to begin today in the trial of a Toronto man accused of sexually assaulting and strangling a young woman he had just met.
Kalen Schlatter has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Tess Richey, whose body was found in a downtown Toronto stairwell in November 2017.
Schlatter, 23, testified last week that Richey was alive when he left her in an alley following a consensual sexual encounter.
He told the court he met Richey and her friend Ryley Simard after all three left the same club, and Richey led him to a secluded stairwell to “make out” after her friend went home.
He said Richey did not want to have sex because she was on her period, and they parted ways a short time later.
His lawyers also called as a witness another man they suggested could be responsible for the killing.
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