Jim Lutz: Timothy Rempel maintains innocence claims throughout testimony

Murder suspect Timothy Rempel admitted Wednesday he built the burn barrel in which human remains — believed to be of Ryan Lane — were found.

But Rempel insisted the barrel, constructed of three metal rings, was taken from a shed on his Beiseker property and he had nothing to do with it being discovered at a nearby gravel pit.

Rempel, under cross-examination by Crown prosecutor Tom Buglas, denied suggestions he murdered Lane after luring him to a dark country road in the early morning hours of Feb. 7, 2012.

Buglas suggested Rempel killed Lane after getting the OK hours earlier from his wife, Sheena Cuthill, who was embroiled in a custody dispute with the victim over the daughter they shared.

The couple, along with Rempel’s brother, Will, are charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder in Lane’s disappearance.

“When you asked for the OK  from your wife, that was the OK for you to murder Ryan Lane,” Buglas said.

“That’s not correct,” Rempel replied.

“You lured him out by tricking him,” the prosecutor said.

“No, I told him I had pictures of (his daughter) and his ex that he’d want to see,” said Rempel, who earlier told defence counsel Allan Fay he did in fact show Lane such photos on a rural road northwest of the city.

Rempel said he chose the location because he knew Lane would feel uneasy there, not because it was a good place to kill him.

“I wanted him to be uncomfortable, I wanted him to be out of his element. I knew he was a city boy,” he said.

“That’s another lie,” Buglas said.

“The reason why you took him out was to kill him,” the prosecutor charged.

“That’s not correct, no,” the accused said.

Rempel said he lied to police two days later about never having met Lane because telling them the truth would have made him look bad.

But Buglas suggested his lie had a more sinister motive.

“It’s because you knew you had murdered Ryan Lane,” he said.

“No,  Mr, Buglas, that’s not correct.”

But he said he wasn’t the person who placed it in a gravel pit west of Beiseker, where it was discovered after an intensive search for Lane.Rempel told Fay the three-ringed burn barrel in which charred human remains were found on June 21, 2012, was welded together by him.

Meanwhile, defence lawyer Jim Lutz said Wilhelm Rempel would not be testifying, paving the way for final submissions to jurors next Monday.