Screen grabs from prison video shows Michael Rafferty visiting Teri-Lynne McClintic at the Genest Detention Centre on May 8, 2009, and again on May 12, 2009.
Credits: POLICE HANDOUT
LONDON, Ont. -- Despite reminding jurors they did not have to decide who dealt the fatal blow that killed Tori Stafford, Crown attorney Kevin Gowdey cast doubt on McClintic's testimony that it was her, not Rafferty, who did it.
Rafferty and McClintic were a team -- equally guilty -- and aspects of McClintic's story, revised on the stand from earlier statements, did not make sense, Gowdey said in his final argument to convict Rafferty for the 2009 murder of eight-year-old Victoria (Tori) Stafford.
In a May 2009 video, a distraught McClintic told police that Rafferty wielded the hammer and she agreed with an officer who suggests they "worked together."
But at the trial, McClintic testified she killed Tori in a sudden spontaneous fit of rage, fuelled by her own horrific childhood, when she saw Rafferty sexually assaulting the Woodstock, Ont., girl who vanished April 8, 2009, on her way home from school.
Gowdey described the change of story as scripted and unnatural, noting her language at the trial: "I savagely murdered that little girl."
He asked why McClintic chose to target Tori, the victim, rather than Rafferty, the aggressor.
He noted that McClintic's spontaneous attack would have required a hammer that she had purchased earlier in Guelph, Ont., and that would have required Rafferty to open the trunk of his car to give her access to the hammer.
Caps from water bottles were found in garbage bags also bought at the Home Depot and yet McClintic testified that Rafferty cleaned himself with bottled water only after Tori's body was wrapped in the bags and covered with heavy rocks, he said.
Gowdey suggested McClintic and Rafferty had a plan to kill Tori after the abduction and assault, and had bought the hammer and garbage bags for that purpose. But even now, he said, McClintic is in denial.
He also suggested if McClintic did deal the fatal blows it could have been done at Rafferty's direction.