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Expert to testify about mental state of confessed serial killer in trial in Winnipeg

They are expected to present evidence, including their own experts, about Skibicki's mental state at the time of the murders.

Manitoba Court of King's Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal also ordered Skibicki to undergo a psychiatric examination by an expert appointed by the prosecution service last month.

The trial has so far established that Skibicki attacked, strangled or drowned his victims and disposed of their bodies in garbage cans in his neighborhood. Two of them were dismembered.

The murders came to light after the partial remains of 24-year-old Rebecca Contois were first found in a trash can in Skibicki's neighborhood in May 2022. The following month, more of her remains were discovered in a city landfill.

Police discovered that Skibicki had attempted to include Contois in his apartment lease and was arrested.

In an unexpected move, Skibicki admitted to investigators that he killed Contois and three others: Morgan Harris, 39; Marcedes Myran, 26; and an unidentified woman, an indigenous base Community called Mashkode Bizhiki'ikwe or Buffalo Woman.

Harris and Myran's remains are believed to be at a different landfill. It is unknown where Buffalo Woman's remains are located.

Prosecutors have presented video, DNA, computer and witness testimony linking Skibicki to the victims, showing possible planning and cover-up of the murders.

According to police, Internet searches on Skibicki's computer yielded clues about how to get rid of DNA and fingerprints, when garbage collection takes place and what it means to be a serial killer.

The computer was also searched for “explosive anger disorder.”

Skibicki told police that he was addicted to methamphetamine and ecstasy and had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

A verdict of criminal insanity means that the defendant was unable to assess the nature and quality of an act due to a mental disorder. The person is detained in a hospital until an investigative committee determines that he or she no longer poses a danger to the public.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 3, 2024.

The Canadian Press