CTV Calgary gets access to key evidence in Beauchamp case
Published Thursday, May 31, 2012 6:22PM MDT
For the first time, CTV Calgary is able to show police video of the scene where Jack Beauchamp was shot to death in his downtown office.
CTV Calgary has also received the audio recording between Beauchamp and the police before his murder in 2006.
The evidence was presented during the retrial of Robert Deer and Mohamed Karim. Both are charged with the first-degree murder of Beauchamp.
On Thursday, an undercover police officer, who was planted in a jail cell with Deer, testified the accused killer confessed he was the mastermind.
The undercover officer testified Deer told him "The person who I killed cost me a million dollars." Deer claimed Beauchamp was "...a high rate lender. A loan shark."
But Deer also told the undercover officer "I didn't want him dead…the crack head wasn't supposed to get physical…I just wanted the guy to give him a stern talking."
Earlier in the retrial, an audio recording of Jack Beauchamp was played. It was the conversation he had when he called the Calgary Police non-emergency line. He was phoning about threatening emails he'd received.
Here is the full transcript of the phone conversation.
Jack Beauchamp: "Good morning, my name is Jack Beauchamp. I'm calling from a company called Morbank Financial. Quite honestly I'm not sure if this warrants police intervention or not. I've received some emails from a client that I've discussed with my lawyer and it seems like they have crossed the line into the threatening side of things."
Gerard Fontaine: "What have they said that's threatening please?"
Jack Beauchamp:"Well, comments like ‘if you live like a gangster, you should expect to die like a gangster.' I guess by way of explanation, I'm president of Moorbank Financial Inc – we're a commercial mortgage lending company – and I think they've kind of crossed a line but"
Gerard Fontaine: "They haven't done anything criminal at this point?"
Jack Beauchamp: "There have been no actions taken."
Gerard Fontaine: "…the threat itself is not criminal, it's not specific."
Jack Beauchamp: "Okay."
Gerard Fontaine:"If they were to say ‘I'm going to damage your property, I'm going to hurt you, or your family, or someone you know,' at that point they are committing an offence by uttering a threat. But by saying ‘you live like a gangster, you're going to die like a gangster.'"
Jack Beauchamp:"Well, that's just one comment. It says ‘Do you realize that someone could hurt you or your business for operating with such unethical low-life standards?'"
Gerard Fontaine: "Still insufficient sir, they have to say ‘I'm going to do this to you.' That's a threat."
Jack Beauchamp: "So a veiled threat's not a threat then?"
Gerard Fontaine: "It's not enough to lay charges."
Jack Beauchamp: "Okay."
Gerard Fontaine: "I would suggest at this point that you keep everything that you have."
Jack Beauchamp: "I've done that. Yes."
Gerard Fontaine: "And that if at any point they say something direct, then at that point you've got sufficient evidence to lay charges against them."
Jack Beauchamp: "Okay. So it doesn't warrant anyone speaking to them and just"
Gerard Fontaine: "Well, we wouldn't do that anyways. We cannot warn someone to change their behaviour."
Jack Beauchamp: "Okay. Well, fair enough. That clears is up for me on this side of things. Hopefully nothing comes of this."
Gerard Fontaine: "Have a good day now."
Jack Beauchamp: "Thank-you."
The undercover police officer will be back on the stand on Friday for cross examination.