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Police officer's killer wondered about God

Feb. 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM   |   Comments

TORONTO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A man on trial for killing a Toronto police officer wondered days before the incident if God would still love him if he did something bad, a witness testified.

Kathleen Male told Richard Kachkar's first-degree homicide trial Kachkar discussed wrongdoing with her at the homeless shelter where they both were living, the Toronto Star reported Wednesday.

Kachkar, 46, joined a Bible study group at the shelter and interpreted the holy hook in an unusual way, Male told the court.

Kachkar's state of mind is the main issue at his trial since there is no dispute that he stole a snowplow on Jan. 12, 2011 and marauded through Toronto, smashing cars and killing police Sgt. Ryan Russell, 35.

An employment counselor for the homeless shelter testified Kachkar seemed increasingly anxious the first week of January 2011.

"I believe he was a bit off," Perry Bartler said.

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