With files from Brad Wisker
Travis Vader has been found guilty of second degree murder in the deaths of an elderly Alberta couple.
It’s been six years since 44-year-old Vader became a suspect in the murder of elderly couple Lyle and Marie McCann.
The pair left their home in St. Albert on July 3 and headed off to B.C. for a family gathering but they never made it.
Their motorhome was found burned out at a campground south east of Edson a couple of days later and the SUV towing the RV found several days after that.
Vader was first a person of interest and then became the main suspect charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
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In March of 2014 the charges against him were stayed, but nine months later the charges were re-instated amid allegations RCMP had mishandled the case.
Trial got underway in March 2016.
Crown prosecutor James Stewart opened the trial saying the McCanns’ SUV was found nearly two weeks after the couple was reported missing.
He pointed out that there was significant evidence found inside the SUV, including Vader’s DNA found on Lyle’s hat.
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His fingerprint was also found on a can of beer and cans of food.
But defence lawyer claimed negligence by the RCMP at numerous points leading up to the trial.
Closing arguments wrapped up in late June.
The bodies of the McCanns were never recovered.