Suspect in murder of Alberta peace officer goes to trial

CALGARY – The trial for a man charged in the death of an Alberta bylaw officer is to start today, more than two years after a vicious attack in southern Alberta.

Trevor Kloschinsky, 49, is charged in the first-degree murder of Rod Lazenby, 62, on a rural property near Priddis, south of Calgary, in August 2012.

The case, which is being heard by a judge without a jury, is likely to focus on Kloschinsky’s state of mind.

His lawyer, Maggie O’Shaughnessy, has indicated she believes her client is not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder. Kloschinsky spent months being assessed at a psychiatric facility.

Lazenby, a retired RCMP officer, was responsible for enforcing bylaws in the Municipal District of Foothills. He died after going to Kloschinsky’s property to investigate a dog complaint.

Lazenby was dropped off at a police station in Calgary later the same day. He had been severely beaten and died in hospital.

An autopsy confirmed his death was a homicide.

Lazenby was an RCMP officer for 35 years and had often worked undercover in Vancouver.

He once bunked with child killer Clifford Olson and went after dangerous drug dealers on Vancouver’s skid row.

Lazenby joined the drug squad after he served as a military policeman.

He had retired in 2006 and moved to High River, Alta., to be closer to his daughter and her children.

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