Man accused of murder says victim’s death ‘outraged’ him
The Crown alleges the accused of arranging the murder to collect a $2 million life insurance
A man accused of killing his lover’s husband told a jury the victim was his “friend” and the death “outraged” him.
Mladen (Michael) Ivezic, a businessman from Mississauga, represented himself in front of a jury at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto on Wednesday.
Ivezic, 57, and lawyer Demitry Papasotiriou, 35, are both accused of first-degree murder in the death of Papasotiriou’s husband, Allan Lanteigne, a University of Toronto clerk found beaten to death in his Ossington Avenue home in 2011.
The Crown alleges the former lovers arranged the murder to collect a $2 million life insurance policy.
“I am saddened, but more-so outraged,” said Ivezic. “The Crown wants you to believe I killed Allan.”
Accused denies evidences against him
He said he met with Lanteigne for lunch two days before he was murdered and this meeting might be how Ivezic’s DNA was “innocently transferred” under the victim’s fingernails.
Ivezic told the jury during the opening statement of his trial that he is an “innocent man” and there is no direct evidence that places him at the scene of the crime.
He said he was in Mississauga when Lanteigne was murdered and all the evidence against him is “100 per cent circumstantial.”
Police arrested Ivezic in Greece in 2013, two years after Lanteigne was murdered. His arrest came two months after Papasotiriou was arrested in Toronto.
“I am a good father. I love my kids. I love my wife,” he said. “I am guilty of one thing: having an affair and cheating on a wonderful woman, but extramarital affairs are not a crime.”
The trial continues in court
Ivezic called Melissa Kell, a forensic scientist, as his witness to confirm some forensic evidences he has laid.
Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Goldstein told the jury that Ivezic’s statements should only be treated as a summary of the case and not evidence because of some inaccuracies in his statement.
The trial continues in April.