The long-awaited murder trial for the man who lived in Chilliwack under the alias Reno Trevor Hogg began this week.
George Mitchell Allgood's firstdegree murder trial started Monday in Saskatoon, more than seven years after his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child was killed with a shotgun blast while she lay sleeping in her home.
Forty-year-old Susan Reinhardt and 43-year-old David Ristow were asleep together in a Saskatoon home at about 1:15 a.m. on July 15, 2006, when they were hit with blasts from a shotgun.
Ristow survived but Reinhardt died.
The 49-year-old Allgood concealed his face from Saskatoon media Monday as he was escorted into the courthouse by RCMP officers.
The trial began with a debate over the admissibility of a videotaped confession to police, a confession that was the fruits of the controversial investigative technique known as a "Mr. Big" sting.
Details also emerged in court Monday, how Allgood assumed the identity of Hogg. In the video played in court, Allgood explained that he was at a treatment facility in Alaska when he met a man born in Canada who had claimed U.S. citizenship.
"I was in a place where I thought I could use that sometime in the future," Allgood said, because "I had s---on me from back there when I did time in the States, which I'm finished with."
That time was likely a reference to 28 years ago, when Allgood, an American citizen, tied up an elderly man in his own home in Baltimore, Md., and beat him to death with a shovel.
In 1987, the then 23-year-old received a 30-year prison sentence in the state of Maryland after he plead guilty. It's unclear when he was released from prison, or how he ended up in Canada.
Between 2000 and 2006, Allgood spent many years in Chilliwack and made many connections, including working at Sto:lo Nation. It was here that Allgood met Reinhardt, who was an employee of Xyolhemeylh Child and Family Services. The two would eventually have a child together, "a beautiful little boy," according to a Sto: lo Nation employee.
Things began to unravel when Reinhardt took their son to Saskatoon. Allgood told two local acquaintances that he wanted to follow her there to get access to his son.
In summer 2006, he then quit or was fired from his job at Sto:lo Nation, packed up his things and went to Saskatoon.
On July 15 of that year, Reinhardt and Ristow were asleep in the home they shared in Saskatoon's Ctiy Park neighbourhood. Reinhardt, Allgood's five-year-old son and Ristow's two children were sleeping in other parts of the house.
A patio door had been left open for the cats, according to Ristow who spoke to the Times in early 2012. Something startled him awake and he realized he was bleeding.
"I just remember waking up and felt something and was soaking wet," Ristow told the Times. "I didn't know what it was until I went into the living room."
A homicide detective later told Ristow they'd both been struck by pellets fired from a 12-gauge shotgun, and the pellets remain inside him.
Ristow, now 50, was scheduled to take the stand Wednesday but the Crown told court that he was in hospital and would not be testifying.
The trial began Monday and is scheduled to last two weeks.
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