Howard Richmond was crazy to keep bloody weapon, clothes: Defence argues
Howard Richmond was truly insane to keep the bloody blade and clothes he used in the killing 2013 attack on his wife — there were so many good places to ditch them, his defence lawyer suggested Wednesday.
Richmond, 52, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 25, 2013, death of 28-year-old Melissa Richmond, who was found days later near the South Keys mall.
He has admitted to killing his wife, but the soldier claims he was stricken by post-traumatic stress disorder and not criminally responsible for what took place.
Defence lawyer Joseph Addelman cross-examined Ottawa Police Det. Theresa Kelm about the countryside between the Richmonds’ rural Winchester home and the south Ottawa shopping centre.
“There’s all sorts of abandoned wooded areas where things can just be disappeared forever,” Addelman said.