The accused killer confesses to having killed after learning that a friend was a sex predator

Martin Frampton is charged with first-degree murder.

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When the nation went to the polls in a historic Covidean Times election on Monday, Martin Frampton made his biggest decision.


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Frampton had to decide whether he would take a stand on his own defense in his assassination attempt in the first instance in the murder of his best friend in 2019.

If he testifies Tuesday, he has much to explain because the young man in a confession to Ottawa police detailed how he hit Kenneth Ammaklak, 31, over the head with a hammer before throwing him off the balcony of their Donald Gade apartment from the 21st floor.

In a textbook interview of top It. Sgt. Pascal Labine, Frampton, 29, went from denial to describing a play-by-play account of how he killed his best friend after hearing that Ammaklak was a predator for children, no less convicted.

“I wish I had my time left,” Frampton told the detective.

Frampton said the killing traumatized him and then told that the horrible night he killed his best mate.


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They were both full of gin, and Frampton got angry and had enough, so he hit his friend in the head with a hammer and then dragged his bloody body to the balcony. (Frampton wore a rain poncho in a failed attempt to keep blood splattering from his clothes.)

Kenneth fought for his life when Frampton had him over the railing, with his arms outstretched.

“He did not say a word. Thats it. Never said anything to me … He just looked at me strangely. ”

“I think he knew he was going to die, of course,” Frampton told the detective in his third and final police interview.

In his other police interviews, Frampton spun manufactured accounts to cover his tracks, the court heard.

Sometimes the search for truth begins with a lie, or in Frampton’s case — a shopping list of lies that Labine was able to clear up after tailgating by top murder detective Chris Benson and Sgt. Chris 0’Brien.


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Frampton admitted his long list of lies in his last police interview the jury heard.

The accused killer changed his bloody clothes to cover his tracks and took the dead man’s sneakers on his way out.

Police theory is that Frampton killed his best friend after hearing that Kenneth was a predator for children.

“He deserves to die because he was a rapist,” Frampton told police in a 2019 interview.

In the police interview, Labine Frampton asks why he decided to finally tell the truth.

“Because I can,” Frampton replied.

Asked how he felt after killing his best friend, Frampton told the detective that he felt normal.

The jury, chaired by the seasoned Ontario Superior Court Justice Kevin Phillips, resumes Tuesday. Frampton and his defense team-father-and-son duo James and Rob Harbic are still deciding whether to take a stand on his own defense.


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The neighbor who found the body of Ammaklak said he was disturbed by the discovery. Carlos Clarke was on his way to work around noon. 6 on May 14, 2019, when he noticed someone face down in the parking lot. He initially thought someone had stalled, but he testified that as he got closer, he realized the man was dead. “His head was all pushed in and brains revealed. It traumatized me, ”Clarke told the jury. He then called 911 and stayed on the line until the patrol staff arrived. The discovery left tenants in public housing in shock.

Corresponding constables placed police tapes to contain the place, sought out tenants and stood guard outside the apartment door.

Inside, there was blood all over the unit – sprayed on the walls, floor, bathroom and even inside the closet and in a laundry container. (They found Frampton’s bloody clothes in that inhibitor.) And there was more blood on the balcony door frame, its railing, and down in the parking lot below.


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Hours before the death, a neighboring tenant called security times to report a loud screaming fight. But she testified that the security guard did not bother to knock on the door of that unit.

The neighbor testified that she heard screams and then a railing and a “boom”. She told the court she was scared and it was a verbal off-and-on fight that lasted for at least an hour and a half.

The police case, adopted by the Crown, has security video from the public housing building showing the suspect walking in and out at the time in question. The accused killer and victim were drunk hours after going to LCBO for gin, which they mixed with candy.

There was nothing glamorous about the police investigation, with It. Kevin Jacobs spent three “awkward” days reviewing security footage and making notes about when murder suspects got on and off the elevator, all the way down to how long it took him to eat – 17 minutes.

Frampton decided on Monday night still to take a stand on its own defense on Tuesday.



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