With the London Court House reflected on his back, Michael Rafferty leaves in the back of a police cruiser following day six of his first degree murder trial on Wednesday, March 14, 2102. Rafferty is accused of killing 8 year old Tori Stafford
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The nine-woman, three-man jury began its tour shortly after noon at the entrance of a laneway that leads up a hill to the spot under a pine tree where the eight-year-old Woodstock, Ont., girl's battered body was found on July 19, 2009.
The isolated spot is south of Mount Forest, about 150 northwest of Toronto.
Rafferty, 31, has pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping and sexual assault causing bodily harm in the April 8, 2009, abduction and murder of Tori.
Tori had been last seen in a surveillance video with a woman later identified as Rafferty's then-girlfriend, Terri-Lynne McClintic, 21, who later confessed to a role in the abduction and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 2010.
McClintic described to police a country lane off a rural road that dipped over a culvert, then rose. Near the crest of that laneway, Tori was assaulted and killed, and her body dumped under a pine tree at the end of a pile of rocks, McClintic said.
Jurors spent time Monday at various vantage points, where they could spot landmarks from McClintic's testimony.
McClintic testified she lured Tori from her school in Woodstock and that her and Rafferty drove Tori to the rural spot near Mount Forest.
McClintic said she got out of the car and later saw Rafferty sexually assaulting Tori in the back seat. McClintic told the jury she killed Tori with a hammer.