Tracker testifies Schoenborn confessed to him that he killed his three kids

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The self-styled tracker who found a man wanted by police dehydrated and weak in the woods says the father immediately confessed to killing his three children.
"OK. I'm Allan and I did it," Kim Robinson testified Allan Schoenborn told him.
"'I'm Allan and I killed my kids.' Those were his exact words."
Robinson, who was incredulous at the revelation, said Schoenborn went on to say he killed the children to "save them from a life of humility."
Robinson told Schoenborn's first-degree murder trial he was shocked.
"It was kind of hard to believe, coming out of a guy, that he had killed his own kids."
Robinson then asked Schoenborn how he killed them.
"He said 'With my bare hands."'
As Robinson testified, Schoenborn said from his seat in the prisoner's box: "Want to have that talk now?"
Two sheriffs quickly stood up and Schoenborn's lawyer came over to talk to him.
Robinson, dressed in a black western-style shirt and blue Wrangler jeans, ignored Schoenborn's outbursts and continued testifying in a matter-of-fact tone.
"Then I said 'What about Darcie, didn't you love her?"' Robinson recounted, referring to Schoenborn's common-law wife Darcie Clarke. "He said 'Didn't she off herself? Isn't she dead?"'
He told the trial that Schoenborn seemed surprised that Clarke wasn't dead.
Robinson was widely quoted after Schoenborn was found 10 days following the April 2008 slayings. But he has never before revealed what Schoenborn said to him that day.
Outside the court, Robinson didn't try to hide his disdain for Schoenborn, lacing his opinions with colourful expletives.
"He looked like a junkie," Robinson told reporters, describing the shape Schoenborn was in when he first found him.
"Then in retrospect, of course he would. He didn't have enough brains to eat anything while he was out there or catch anything."
The burly hunter's explosive statements Wednesday followed the finish of the gut-wrenching testimony of the children's mother.
Clarke came home that day to find Kaitlynne, 10, Max, 8 and five-year-old Cordon dead in their Merritt, B.C., home.
She has testified her estranged husband had struggled with mental illness in the past, but she said he was a loving father and it never occurred to her he might harm their children.
She testified that even if he had shown signs of mental illness in the days leading up to the children's deaths, she may still have left her sons and daughter with their father.
Clarke reviewed statements she made to police just days after the killings.
She described Schoenborn as an active father who played often with the children.
She told police Schoenborn built a bed and attached desk for his daughter and a fireman-type pole for his sons' bunkbeds so they could slide down from the top bunk.
"You didn't think he was capable of violence towards the kids," defence lawyer Peter Wilson asked Clarke.
"Right," she replied.
"Allan never spanked the kids," said Wilson.
"True," she said.
"You didn't understand how he could have done it. It never entered your head that he could have hurt them," said Wilson, reviewing her police statement.
"Yes," she agreed.
Clarke testified earlier that Schoenborn had exhibited signs of mental illness for years before that and was most recently hearing what appeared to be snide voices in his head.
But in several phone calls between Clarke and Schoenborn that weekend, she said she heard no signs of him either drunk or mentally ill.

Geographic location: KAMLOOPS, Merritt

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