A mother is expected to describe today the unimaginable horror of coming home to find her three children dead.
Darcie Clarke will testify at the first-degree murder trial of Allan Schoenborn, the children’s father.
He is accused of killing five-year-old Cordon Schoenborn, his eight-year-old brother Max and their 10-year-old sister Kaitlynne in April 2008 in their Merritt trailer home.
The B.C. Supreme Court trial, by judge alone in Kamloops, has already been witness to many heart-wrenching details, including video evidence taken of the crime scene.
Not far from the front entrance of the home, the boys were found lying on the living-room couch as if asleep, the TV was on and Max’s arm was wrapped protectively over his little brother’s chest.
On the wall nearby a message in large block letters read “Forever young.” It was written in soya sauce.
The court heard that both boys were either smothered or suffocated.
Down the blood-spattered hallway in Kaitlynne’s room, Clarke’s daughter was wrapped in a blanket, which hid the stab wounds that killed the Grade 4 student.
The first RCMP officer on the scene testified Clarke was hysterical, crying “my babies, my babies” over and over in the hours and days after she found the children dead.
The court also heard most of the blood found in the home was from Schoenborn and there were indications he may have attempted to kill himself before fleeing.
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