B.C. father charged with murdering his three children awaits trial decision

B.C. father charged with murdering his three children awaits trial decision

By The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A verdict is expected today in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops at the trial of a man who has admitted killing his three children nearly two years ago.

Allan Schoenborn is charged with three counts of first degree murder for the April 2008 killings of his 10-year-old daughter, Kaitlynne, and two sons, Max and Cordon, aged eight and five.

Justice Robert Powers is considering the defence argument that Schoenborn was mentally ill when the children were smothered or stabbed in their Merritt, B.C., home.

The Crown believes the 41-year-old committed the crimes for revenge against the children's mother, who was about to end the couple's relationship.

Schoenborn has testified he thought his children were being sexually molested, and that killing them was the only way to end their suffering.

The former Vancouver roofer has been in custody since he was found, emaciated, hypothermic and with self-inflicted wounds to his arms, in the woods near Merritt following a 10-day manhunt.

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