The James McCullough murder trial continues Monday with the accused taking the stand in his defence.
The 22-year-old Orangeville man, who’s pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and committing an indignity to a dead body in the death and dismemberment of 20-year-old Alex Fraser, is telling his version of events at the London Courthouse.
McCullough described Fraser as a “great guy, an intelligent guy, a computer whiz” and says they used to drink and do drugs together and that Fraser was one of his best friends.
The accused told court that he and Fraser took a cab from Orangeville to London in September 2013 to do a home invasion, shop, and party. The London Free Press reports McCullough told the jury he and Fraser got a room at the Travelodge on Exeter where the two drank and McCullough did cocaine.
McCullough says he went to take a shower and when he got out Fraser was standing naked between two beds, that they struggled and Fraser grabbed his genitals. He says he grabbed a knife and stabbed him twice.
According to the testimony, McCullough blacked out and woke up the next day to Fraser’s dismembered body.
Cross-examination is underway Monday afternoon at the London Courthouse.