Murder trial witness rejects defence's argument that Greg and Sheree Fertuck were reconciling
A witness in Greg Fertuck’s murder trial on Friday rejected the defence’s suggestion that Greg and his estranged wife, Sheree, were reconciling.
Sheree was last seen leaving her family farm the afternoon of Dec. 7, 2015. While her body has never been found, Greg has been charged with first-degree murder.
Sheree’s semi-truck was found abandoned at the gravel pit where she worked near Kenaston, Sask.
Earlier in Greg’s trial, the defence suggested the couple had been working on reconciling. They had been separated for years at the time Sheree went missing.
On Friday, Sheree’s friend and mechanic, Gary Decker, took the stand at Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench.
Despite being separated, Decker said Greg was living at the family farm. He’d joke with Sheree about the two being romantic.
“She’d say ‘Absolutely not. He’s downstairs, I’m upstairs, and that’s the way it stays,’” Decker testified.
The defence has suggested Sheree had an enemy in her gravel hauling competitor – but Decker also went against that idea.
He said the two didn’t have any animosity towards each other, and wouldn’t even consider them “competitors” because they were both busy.
The day prior, a witness testified he “heard rumours” that she and the competing hauler didn’t get along because Sheree took over one of his contracts.
Decker last saw Sheree on Dec. 6, 2015 when she came over for a steak dinner.He testified Sheree expressed she was looking forward to babysitting her grandson next month.
When Sheree was deemed a missing person, the community banded together to search for her.
Pastor Eugene Whitehead, who worked with the volunteer fire department, helped with the search efforts.
Whitehead said he originally thought Sheree had slipped and fell into a collapsed pile of gravel.
An RCMP forensic investigator testified he thought Sheree was buried alive when he originally got to the scene.
Whitehead said he heard second-hand that people had seen Sheree’s truck driving at around 5 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2015.
The Crown argues Greg shot Sheree, used a loader to move her body into his truck and disposed of the corpse of a nearby field.
Earlier in the trial, the Crown said shell casings from a .22 calibre rifle were found at the scene.
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