Greg Fertuck, in a meeting with a Mr. Big undercover crime boss, said that he killed his ex-wife Sheree Fertuck because he wanted to take everything he had worked to get over the years.
The admission came after what appeared to be increasing police attention on the man. The crime boss, who was actually an undercover police officer, warned Greg Fertuck that “the heat” was coming for him and that the police wanted to arrest him.
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On June 21, 2019, while filming with a hidden camera at the James Hotel, Greg Fertuck told police what happened three and a half years earlier.
“I ended up shooting him, and that’s just between you and me,” the now 68-year-old told the undercover officer.
Greg and Sheree Fertuck had been separated since 2011. The defendant told the crime boss that he drove to the gravel pit near Sheree’s family corral to reason with her about their divorce proceedings.
Cell phone data also placed Greg Fertuck near the gravel pit on the date Sheree was the last scene: December 7, 2015.
He said he wanted to get an ATV and boat from the farm near Kenaston, Sask., About 85 km south of Saskatoon. He also told the officer that he wanted to make a deal: Sheree could keep the couple’s home in Saskatoon and he could keep their pension instead of splitting it up.
“She was going to take me to the dry cleaner,” he said.
Greg Fertuck tried to avoid tracking while showing police the gravel pit in the Sheree Fertuck case.
When Sheree got to the pit, he turned down Greg Fertuck’s offer and the man said he “broke up.”
He pulled a 22-caliber rifle from his Dodge Ram truck and shot Sheree in the shoulder, according to Greg Fertuck’s version of events. He said he fell to his knees and shot him in the back of the neck from about ten feet away.
“I’m sorry I ever did,” he told the undercover officer.
Using the nearby loader in the gravel pit, Greg Fertuck lifted Sheree’s body into the back of his truck and wrapped it in plastic, the court heard. From the well, he drove into a nearby wooded area.
“Did you dig a grave?” asked the crime boss.
Greg Fertuck replied, “No, I put a bunch of logs in it.”
The man said he also disposed of the 22-caliber rifle. Sheree’s weapon and body were never found.
The defendant said he washed his clothes with OxiClean to make sure no blood was left.
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The crime boss interview is one of approximately 130 interactions involving undercover officers, with events known as “scenarios” designed specifically for the purpose of their investigation.
In court, the crime boss said he needed to establish himself as the “alpha” in the interview, even though the target was “an intimidating presence” and an alpha himself.
The undercover officer noted that during the crime boss scene, Greg Fertuck used a large wooden baton. He was concerned that it might become a weapon, the court heard.
“If things went wrong, it wasn’t going to end well for me. He had the upper hand, ”the crime boss testified.
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The crime boss said Greg Fertuck showed no signs of drug or alcohol intoxication. He also showed no withdrawal symptoms or hearing problems. The witness stated that if he had, then the scenario would not have gone ahead.
“There is nothing that would have made me do that interview. I would have stopped that scenario, ”he testified.
During the interview, he told the defendant that he could leave at any time. The undercover officer also told Greg Fertuck not to exaggerate or agree with him simply because he was the boss.
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The defense has stated that the RCMP took advantage of Greg Fertuck, whom his attorney described as “a drunkard” and a liar, whose cognitive abilities were affected by a brain injury sustained on January 1, 2019.
Mr. Big Sting was built on a foundation of lies, according to the defense, which produced lies from the defendants.
Police ‘hoaxes and deceptions’
During his testimony, the crime boss said that the police have the authority to engage in “tricks and hoaxes” during a sting operation. He said the “community crash test” is ultimately what determines how far the police can go.
For example, police presented Greg Fertuck with a memo stating that RCMP investigators contacted the FBI in the United States, requesting high-resolution satellite imagery of the area surrounding Kenaston and Saskatoon in December 2015.
The crime boss testified that the memo was staged, but felt “quite comfortable” that its use would not provoke public outrage.
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Monday marked the beginning of week seven of Greg Fertuck’s trial. He pleaded not guilty to first degree murder charges and offering a body indignity.
The Crown’s case has been heard in its entirety within an admissibility or voir dire hearing. Judge Richard Danyliuk will rule on what evidence can be admitted before the defense has the opportunity to request evidence of their own.
The proceedings are scheduled to last eight weeks, although Danyliuk has indicated that the trial appears to be delayed.
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