Trial underway for man accused in 2016 stabbing death in West Park

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
June 11, 2018 - 1:45pm Updated: June 15, 2018 - 2:51pm

A trial is underway in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench for a man charged in the death of a woman in West Park a year and a half ago.

Jordan Koizumi, 27, is charged with second-degree murder in the October 2016 death Tina Pfeiffer, 50.

The agreed statement of facts presented Monday detailed how the two lived in the same residence on West Park Crescent. Koizumi was subletting a room of the home which Pfeiffer was renting. They had lived in the same dwelling for four months before Pfeiffer told Koizumi he had five days to get out and then locked the doors on him. It was later agreed that she would unlock the doors so he could access his belongings.

Around 4 a.m. on October 27, 2016, Red Deer RCMP responded to the home where they found Pfeiffer dead in a bedroom. RCMP later found a serrated knife and a chef’s knife inside the house.

Minutes later, another call came in about a man wandering the neighbourhood in his underwear. Police located the man and discovered he lived in the same home they’d just responded to.

During his arrest, Koizumi stated he wanted to go to the creek to wash his hands and that, “I hurt her. I killed her.”

An autopsy concluded Pfeiffer was stabbed 58 times, including four times on the head, 19 times on her torso and 25 times on her right arm. The cause of death was deemed severe blood loss.

In a lengthy audio clip recorded during Koizumi’s transport to the police detachment following his arrest, he repeatedly says that he murdered Pfeiffer. He also states, though less frequently, that he’s innocent and that he feels avenged because Pfeiffer “f***** him over.”

Also in the recording he demands repeatedly that the police get him water and asks if they’re “dirty cops?”

“I will admit to murder. It’s obvious,” Koizumi says in the audio. “I’m f****** guilty as charged.”

He also described how he and Pfeiffer were sexually active and that he believed her to be pregnant.

Furthermore in the recording, Koizumi claims his real name is actually Jonny Eagleson, that he was abducted as a child and that he’s 25 per cent American.

“I’m fine with what I did. I’m a good person,” said Koizumi, who also stated to RCMP that he was substance-free when asked if he'd taken any drugs or alcohol that day.

In the prisoner’s box Monday, Koizumi sat calm and at times hunched over until the audio recording got to the point where he was being interviewed by an RCMP member at the detachment. He could be seen grinning at one point as court heard the corporal booking him in.

Koizumi has pleaded not guilty on a single count of second-degree murder. His defence lawyer Patrick Edgerton says they plan to prove he should not be held criminally responsible for Pfeiffer’s death based on the results of a psychiatric assessment done following Koizumi’s arrest.

The doctor who conducted the assessment is expected to testify in Koizumi’s defence on Wednesday.

The Crown, led by prosecutors Dominique Mathurin and Ann Siford, is expected to call one witness Monday afternoon and two more on Tuesday.

Justice Adam Germain is presiding over the trial, which is expected to wrap up by the end of the week.

Koizumi found not criminally responsible for 2016 stabbing death

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