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Asp insists she never touched baseball bat

Accused killer Christina Asp swears she had no hand in the death of Gordon Seybold, and only watched while her boyfriend attacked the Whitehorse man with a bat.

By Ashley Joannou on June 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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ON THE STAND – This photo of Christina Asp is one of a series of photos entered into evidence as part of her first-degree murder trial. Asp took the stand Thursday, denying she hit Gordon Seybold in the head with a bat while attacking him with her boyfriend. The trial will resume June 11. Photo courtesy YUKON SUPREME COURT

Accused killer Christina Asp swears she had no hand in the death of Gordon Seybold, and only watched while her boyfriend attacked the Whitehorse man with a bat.

Asp was on the stand for the second day Thursday testifying in her own defence at her first-degree murder trial in Yukon Supreme Court.

In a soft voice and with many pauses, the 34-year-old told the jury about what she now says happened on March 26, 2008, when Seybold died and his body was found in the charred remains of his Ibex Valley cabin.

It was a different story than what she told undercover officers when she was the focus of a lengthy police investigation.

On the stand Thursday, Asp testified she and boyfriend Norman Larue were at her mother’s Whitehorse house in the early-morning hours of the 26th, after the trio had spent the night drinking together.

The court has already heard that the pair was in the Yukon after running away from Vancouver halfway houses when they were on parole.

She was drunk and her mother had passed out, Asp said.

As for how much Larue had to drink, the accused woman testified she wasn’t sure.

Asp told the court Larue got up to leave.

He said he was going to “take care of some business,” she said.

Asp testified that her boyfriend was originally resistant to her coming along, telling her it was “against his rules,” but eventually agreed.

Asp insists she didn’t know what the business was about nor where they were going.

Eventually, Larue told her “he was going to talk to a guy that was disrespecting my Mom,” she said, later telling her the person lived on the same property as Asp’s mother’s ex-boyfriend.

Asp says she provided her boyfriend with directions.

She insists that before 2008, she had never met Seybold.

The pair got lost multiple times.

“I wanted to give up but he (Larue) didn’t want me to,” she said.

When the pair arrived at the property, Asp testified she put up the hood of her coat and knocked on the door while Larue waited out of sight.

Unlike what she told undercover officers, Asp now says the couple did not change clothes nor wear masks.

Seybold seemed confused, she testified, and first called Asp by her mother’s name.

“I looked up and said, ‘No it’s Christina,’ and took my hood down,” she said.

Seybold then asked what she wanted and who else was there.

“The first thing that comes out of my mouth is, ‘My brother.’”

Seybold then opens the door wider and Larue came around the corner.

Asp said her boyfriend started confronting Seybold about disrespecting her mother.

Seybold was defensive, claiming he didn’t know what Larue was talking about and demanding that the pair leave, she testified.

“Then I saw Norman throw the first punch at Gordon,” she said.

“Gordon stumbled back into the house. Norman followed. I followed.”

Asp testified the men were fighting, throwing punches, grabbing at each other and wrestling.

“I just stood there and watched,” she said.

Asp, who has already testified to a turbulent childhood including sexual abuse and prostitution, called the fighting “just a normal thing” for her.

“At one point, I look over again and I see Norman with a bat in his hand,” she testified, adding she didn’t know where the bat came from.

Asp told the jury Seybold tried to block the bat as her boyfriend swung it at him.

The 63-year-old then slipped, but Larue did not stop the attack, Asp testified.

“He just kept hitting” Seybold on his head and body, she said.

Seybold was hit “a lot,” she said.

“I don’t know, I just kept watching, I didn’t say anything.”

Asp told the court she didn’t notice all the blood on Seybold until the attack was over and she went to look at him.

Asp said Seybold was not moving and couldn’t tell if he was breathing.

“I didn’t do anything. I just kept looking at Gordon and looking at Norman,” she repeated.

Thursday’s testimony contradicts what Asp told undercover officers when she was the target of a lengthy “Mr. Big-style” operation.

The jury has heard multiple recordings of Asp telling the officers, who she believed were members of a powerful criminal organization, about hitting Seybold three times on the head with a bat.

On the recordings, Asp says the two men were fighting when Larue was the one who tripped and Seybold appeared to get the upper hand.

It was then, she tells the undercover officers, that she hit Seybold with the bat before handing the weapon back to Larue to continue the attack.

On Thursday, Asp testified she was waiting for her boyfriend in the car after the attack and the pair sped away, hitting a tree.

On the way out, she saw flames coming from Seybold’s property, she said.

Asp told the court her boyfriend took two guns from Seybold’s property but dumped them at a nearby rest stop.

The jury has already heard about bloody rifles and a bat recovered by police at the rest stop.

Asp testified she only remembers putting the guns in the trash.

The pair then drove back to her mother’s house in Whitehorse.

Larue took off his bloody clothes and would later burn them, she said.

This is also different from what undercover officers heard from Asp, who told them her clothes were also bloody and had to be burned.

On the stand, Asp testified she didn’t have any blood on her clothes and had no reason to take them off.

After the attack, Asp said she and Larue went to a bar to drink with her mother and later drove to Swift River, which is on the Alaska Highway between Teslin and Watson Lake.

Larue is also facing a first-degree murder charge. His trial has yet to take place.

Asp also denied following Seybold the day before he died.

The jury has seen surveillance footage of the victim and his two accused killers at the same Shoppers Drug Mart minutes apart.

Asp has yet to testify about meeting the undercover officers or becoming a part of the fake criminal organization.

The trial, being heard in front of Justice Leigh Gower, has now been adjourned until June 11.

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