Guilty verdict for man accused of killing Calgary couple and their grandson

By The Canadian Press
February 16, 2017 - 3:56pm

A man accused of killing a Calgary couple and their grandson has been found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder.

Douglas Garland was charged in the deaths of Alvin and Kathy Liknes (LIK'-ness) and five-year-old Nathan O'Brien in June of 2014.

The victims' family wept openly as the verdict was read -- there was no reaction from the 57-year-old Garland.

Jurors deliberated between eight and nine hours before reaching a decision.

They also recommended to the judge that Garland serve three consecutive sentences, meaning he would not be eligible for parole for 75 years.

Justice David Gates had advised them to use common sense and to be sure of Garland's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt if they wished to convict him.

The couple and the boy disappeared after an estate sale at the Liknes home, where Nathan had stayed on a sleepover.

The Crown argued during the trial that Garland stewed for years about a dispute with Alvin Liknes over a patent for an oilfield pump they had both worked on.

The Crown argued there was enough evidence to show Garland attacked the three in the home before taking them to his Calgary-area farm where he killed them, but the defence said there was no D-N-A evidence to prove he was ever in the house.

The victims' bodies were never recovered -- only bone fragments, burned flesh and teeth in the ash from a burning barrel on Garland's property.


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