Accused killer maintains murder story was a school essay

By Ian Robertson, Special to the Toronto Sun


Under relentless questioning, accused killer Michelle Liard calmly denied penning a “thrill kill” story as a script for the real life killing of a teenage girl.

“I’m actually not a very good writer,” Liard, 22, told prosecutor Brian McGuire Monday of the story she wrote for school.

“It has various themes,” she added, reminding him of earlier testimony, in which she told jurors that her writing project was unfinished.

Liard appeared puzzled when McGuire asked if she had any concerns that school staff might have been horrified when reading a graphic account of torture and murder written by a then 19-year-old student.

“I was in a creative writing course,” she replied. “I didn’t think there was going to be a great reaction to that.”

Liard and Rafal LaSota have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the Dec. 10, 2008 murder of Aleksandra Firgan-Hewie, 13. The teen suffered 37 stab wounds and a severe beating.

Liard kept describing her work — discovered in her bedroom by Peel Regional Police on Dec. 11, 2008 — as an essay written for school.

Reading from her story, McGuire quoted a girl called “Mishe” taunting a victim: “Na, na, na, na, we’re going to kill you.”

The Crown attorney told jurors that Liard referred to the main characters having her nickname, LaSota’s first name and the first name of another friend — who was the story’s killer.

It describes them kidnapping, torturing and fatal knifing of “a gorgeous blonde with green eyes,” the prosecutor read to the jury.

Seeing her tied up, with duct tape over the fictional victim’s eyes and a sock in her mouth was “a beautiful sight,” McGuire quoted from the story.

Liard admitted writing that description, but insisted much of the unfinished tale was plagiarized from horror movies, including House of 1000 Corpses.

She also denied the prosecutor’s reference to the female character touching the blonde’s face and calling her “honey,” as inferring Liard was sexually attracted to Firgan-Hewie.

The jury previously heard that Firgan-Hewie had dyed her hair blonde shortly before she was slain in LaSota’s home.

Accusing her of not giving “honest” responses to his questions, McGuire said her composition has a conclusion “in praise of murder.”

Liard is accused of luring Firgan-Hewie for LaSota to carve up in his bedroom.

The trial resumes Tuesday.

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