The former wife of Darryl Sheepway — on trial for murder in the 2015 death of Christopher Brisson — testified against him on Tuesday in Yukon Supreme Court.
In several hours of riveting and emotional testimony, Katherine Scheck described how her marriage was badly foundering in the months before Brisson’s killing, as Sheepway spiraled into drug addiction and deceit.
Sheepway, 39, has admitted to killing Brisson on Aug. 28, 2015, during a rendezvous where Sheepway was hoping to secure crack cocaine. During that meeting, Sheepway shot Brisson dead and later dumped the body near Miles Canyon.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree murder.
Scheck says she knew nothing about Sheepway’s crime until almost a year later, when he confessed it to her. She immediately contacted police, leading to Sheepway’s arrest. He was charged in August 2016.
Scheck did not appear in the Whitehorse courtroom in person on Tuesday. Instead, she testified by closed circuit television.
Scheck had applied to be allowed to testify from outside the courtroom, and Justice Leigh Gower agreed. In her affidavit, Scheck said she was extremely angry at Sheepway, and her testimony might suffer if she were forced to be in the room with him.
‘A double life’
Sheepway was clearly distraught throughout Scheck’s testimony, often burying his head in his hands and sobbing loudly.
The two had met while working together as guards at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre and married in 2012. Scheck described a difficult relationship that became even more strained after their daughter was born the following year.
“From the time I met him, all throughout our relationship, he was always laying…