As well as hearing testimony from Sgt. Vardy, the jury watched Leopold’s videotaped interview.
Day three of the trial began at 9:15 a.m. in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Bridgewater on May 9.
Sgt. Vardy said he got a call the morning of April 21, 2011, notifying him Leopold would not be taking a polygraph.
“A polygraph is a voluntary process,” said Sgt. Vardy.
Five days later, on April 26, 2011, Staff Sgt. Thomas Townsend called Sgt. Vardy to ask if he would help with Leopold’s interview because Leopold was going to be arrested for the murder of Laura Lee Robertson.
Sgt. Vardy was told he would be the primary interviewer, so he prepared on April 25, 2011. The following day, Sgt. Vardy went to the Chester RCMP detachment. Leopold’s interview began at about 4:10 p.m. that day.
At about 1:10 a.m. on April 27, 2011, the officers and Leopold left the detachment.
“One the structured interview was completed, Mr. Leopold took us to the remains of Laura Lee Robertson out in the Greenfield area,” said Sgt. Vardy.
“We left the Greenfield area, went back to Liverpool where we retrieved a video camera from the detachment, and we went to 23 School St., apartment three, where they had resided, and we conducted a reenactment of the night’s events.”