Teen apologized for killing family in jailhouse letter
Two days after her parents and little brother were found dead in their home in Medicine Hat, the 13-year-old girl convicted of their murders wrote a letter of apology to her family, saying she loved them and wished peace upon their souls.
The letter, written at the urging of police interrogators following the girl’s arrest, was ruled inadmissible in court and jurors never heard what she wrote.
“A terrible thing happened, something I feel was all my fault,” wrote the girl in the letter released by the courts yesterday.
The girl also wrote that she wished she could take everything back and wished that they were “with me right now. Because now I have no one.”
“Through all the fights and hatred exchanged I still loved you,” she wrote. “I never ment (sic) to harm you. I pray you can be at peace somehow,” the girl wrote.
A jury in Medicine Hat convicted the girl on Monday of first-degree murder after just four hours of deliberations following a five-week trial. The girl had maintained she was responsible for the deaths, but not directly involved.
Her boyfriend, Jeremy Steinke, now 24, is to stand trial on first-degree murder charges next year. A psychological assessment has been ordered for the girl.
A date for her sentencing has not been set.