Michael Rafferty is taken back to jail in London, Ontario in the back of a police cruiser following day five of his first degree murder trial of eight year-old Victoria Stafford on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
Credits: DEREK RUTTAN/The London Free Press/QMI AGENC
LONDON, Ont. -- Michael Rafferty complained that eight-year old Victoria Stafford wasn't "young enough" for his liking, his former girlfriend Terri-Lynne McClintic testified Wednesday.
After testifying in the morning at Rafferty's first-degree murder trial about how the pair covered their tracks after Stafford's abduction and murder, McClintic spoke in the afternoon about a conversation she and Rafferty had on the drive to Guelph, Ont., after she had lured Stafford away from Oliver Stephens School in Woodstock.
In the most chilling moment Wednesday, McClintic said Rafferty complained after the abduction that he would have preferred her to have picked a younger child than Stafford.
McClintic, 21, took the stand for a second day Wednesday.
McClintic said after they left the crime scene north of Guelph, they threw out their shoes, thoroughly cleaned the car in Cambridge, Ont., and changed their clothes. Rafferty even asked her to cut out sections of the back seat of the car that couldn't be cleaned, she said.
McClintic said she smoked marijuana, took OxyContin several times, as well as Percocets, on the day she killed Stafford.
She said she and Rafferty also discussed a cover story about a shopping trip to Oakville, Ont.
A few days after the crime, she was arrested on an outstanding warrant and taken to the police station. She denied knowing anything about Stafford and was taken to a detention centre.
McClintic said she contacted Rafferty from the centre. He asked if she needed anything, and offered to bring flowers, she said.
He later came to the centre and McClintic said they discussed the intense search for Stafford.
"I said I would take the fall. He had more to lose - a life, a job. I really had nothing," she said.
McClintic spent most of Wednesday afternoon looking at photos and identifying various sites in the area in
Woodstock where Stafford was abducted.
She also identified herself on surveillance footage getting out of Rafferty's car in Guelph and going inside a Home Depot to purchase a hammmer and garbage bags at a self-checkout.
McClintic went over a sketch she made of the crime scene north of Guelph and the rural road where they discarded their shoes.
She has already testified that she and Rafferty kidnapped Stafford on April 8. 2009. She said she lured Stafford from the school, promising to show her a puppy.
They then drove the girl to an isolated rural area north of Guelph where McClintic said she got out of the car and later saw Rafferty sexually assaulting Stafford in the back seat.
She told the jury she killed Stafford with a hammer.
The eight-year-old's body was found under a rock pile 103 days later.
Rafferty, 31, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault causing bodily harm in Victoria (Tori) Stafford's death. McClintic, Rafferty's former girlfriend, pleaded guilty in 2010 to first-degree murder and is serving a life sentence.