Jury shown re-enactment of Bontkes, Lamoureux murders
A B.C. Supreme Court jury watched a police video of double murderer Roy Thielen re-enacting how he and accused murderer Robert Bradshaw carried out the killings of Laura Lamoureux and Marc Bontkes in March 2009.
After Thielen, 33, was arrested in July 2010, he offered to take police through how the murders happened and who was involved, speaking matter-of-factly, as he went to the scenes and recreated the killings.
The jury watched as he re-enacted how he unloaded bullets into his ex-girlfriend Lamoureux on March 14, 2009.
The video was being played at Bradshaw’s trial. He faces two counts of first-degree murder in the killings of Lamoureux and Bontkes.
Thielen is already serving a life sentence for the crimes. His “adopted” sister Michelle Motola, 21, is serving a six-year sentence for her part in the killing of Bontkes.
Judge Bruce Greyell allowed the jury to watch the hours of video, but instructed them that Thielen’s accounts of those murders is hearsay and that he is “not only an unsavoury character but described as an enforcer who already pleaded guilty to these murders.”
Greyell also said videos like this are not usually permitted because the accused can’t be cross-examined about his evidence, which could reveal lies and inconsistencies.
Thielen has been cited for contempt after refusing to testify against his co-accused last week. He could face more time for contempt but is already serving life without the chance of parole for 20 years.
Thielen told police in the video that he offered, against his lawyer’s wishes, to give them everything because it’s the “right thing to do . . . because it is what his family and their families would want.
“I get what I deserve. It was all for greed and personal gain,” he said. “Everyone involved, if they aren’t taken down it will happen again.”
Thielen alleges that on March 14, 2009, he was driving around doing drug deals with Bradshaw, who was working for a competing dial-a-dope operation in Langley.
Bradshaw was called by Lamoureux for some drugs. Because Lamoureux and Thielen had “a beef,” the double murderer was dropped off at a park while Bradshaw — known as Paulie — took her drugs.
Thielen alleges that he was dropped off at the corner of 202A Street and 50 Avenue with his loaded .45 gun. He showed how he crouched down in some bushes as he heard her boots on the pavement in the early morning hours.
He shot her numerous times before getting back into Bradshaw’s car.
He alleges the pair went back to Paulie’s basement suite and smoked dope before he was driven home, still carrying his gun.
He alleges that five days later, Bradshaw, his girlfriend Motola and Thielen killed Bontkes in Hi-Knoll Park.
In the video, Thielen claims they actually tried to kill Bontkes a few nights prior, but Paulie didn’t go through with it.
In the “dry run,” Thielen alleges that he hid on the floor of the backseat, holding his shotgun, underneath a ski jacket. He waited for Paulie to attack Bontkes but it didn’t happen.
Motola drove with Bontkes while Bradshaw pretended to be passed out in the back. They ended up dropping Bontkes off that time.
The night of the murder, Thielen alleges that Motola dropped them off at Hi-Knoll Park, a place “that was off the radar for cops.”
The pair got the .45 gun ready and hid under a tree, he said. Motola called up Bontkes after 3 a.m., asking him to drive with her while she did drug deals. Motola, like all of them, was a runner for a dial-a-dope line.
When Bontkes got out of the car at the park, Thielen alleges Bradshaw opened fire. Thielen alleges Bradshaw didn’t like Bontkes because he had kept calling Motola.
As for why Thielen would want him dead, he alleges Bontkes kept ripping off everybody who worked for the dial-a-dope lines.
After Bontkes’ murder, he alleges that they went back to Bradshaw’s house and stashed the gun in a hidden compartment underneath the kitchen sink.
He alleges that later that week his drug boss ordered him to sell the gun. It was allegedly sold to a gang in Vancouver.
Thielen said he told several people, and several others more knew he killed the pair. He alleges police arrested him for a random traffic stop on his way to kill someone else after those two killings.
Despite all that, it took a Mr. Big, undercover police operation, to arrest Thielen.
He told the police he wasn’t angry with those officers who played a gang crime boss and gang associates.
“They were that good,” he said.
In between shooting re-enactments, Thielen ate a burger and drank a pop, telling the officers that he hopes his actions can be a lesson for kids about the harms of drugs.
“Kids don’t realize one minute you are smoking weed, next coke, then you are working a dope line and you’re in there and can’t get out,” he told police. “Dope made me think it was OK to kill those people.”
Thielen was addicted to speed (meth) at the time of the killings.
He remarked that he hoped to one day be able to speak to kids about what he has done because of drugs or “maybe write a book about it. I certainly have the time.”
Bradshaw’s trial continues, but is expected to wrap up this week.