Photographs entered as evidence in murder trial

RCMP identification experts who excavated an area at Roy Fraser's Knouff Lake house found a tarp and rope in the shallow grave where two men were buried, B.C. Supreme Court was told Tuesday.

Fraser faces two charges of murder in connection with the deaths of Ken Yaretz Jr., 25, and Damien Marks, 31.

Hundreds of photographs of the Knouff Lake house and property were entered through RCMP witness Cpl. Marian Oden, a forensic identification expert.

Photographs showed a shallow grave, dug to a depth of about 150 centimetres. Police excavated the area after obtaining a search warrant on Fraser's property in May 2009. They discovered the two men's bodies, along with a tarp and yellow rope.

Earlier in the trial, a Mountie who first spoke to Fraser at his home testified seeing a freshly dug up area near the house along with a skid-steer loader nearby.

The trial heard from Marks' parents as well as Yaretz Jr.'s father and stepmother last week. On Tuesday, the defence requested that Kandace Yaretz, Ken Yaretz Jr.'s biological mother, be excluded from the courtroom as a potential defence witness.

The request was granted by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ian Josephson.

Tuesday was the fifth day of the trial, which is expected to last at least a month.

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