Two East Central Alberta men accused of murdering three people on a Castor area farm have been convicted of first degree murder.
Jason Klaus, age 45, and 32 year old Joshua Frank were each charged with three counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Gordon and Sandra Klaus and their daughter, Monica, in December, 2013.
Both of the accused admitted to having a role in the crimes, but each blamed the other. The Crown contends that Klaus planned the murders and supplied a ride and a 9 mm handgun to Frank, who pulled the trigger before the house was set on fire to destroy the evidence.
The bodies of Gordon and Monica Klaus were found in the burned out home. Sandra Klaus was never found, although police believe her body was also in the house.
Crown prosecutor Douglas Taylor said Klaus had eyes on the family farm and wanted his parents and sister dead over fear they would discover that he had forged cheques from the family’s account. He described Frank as a destitute drug addict who saw an opportunity to enrich himself and took it.
Sentencing has not yet taken place, but the standard for first degree murder is life with no parole for at least 25 years.