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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Accused Canadian Denies 26 Murders

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia -- Robert "Willie" Pickton, who is accused of killing 26 prostitutes, denied that he had admitted to murdering women and feeding them to his pigs, a Canadian court heard on Wednesday.

In a jailhouse interview shortly after Pickton was arrested in February 2002, police played a tape of a man identified as Andrew Bellwood, who lived briefly at Pickton's farm. On the tape, he says Pickton talked of strangling prostitutes and using the pigs to dispose of remains.

"That guy is out to lunch. Oh bull," Pickton said as he listened to the tape. He added later with a laugh: "Funny stories aren't they." A video recording of the jailhouse interview was played for the jury at Pickton's first-degree murder trial in New Westminster.

At the time of the interview, Pickton was charged with only two murders. He is now charged with 26, although the current trial deals with only six of them. The judge divided the case into two trials to make them easier for jurors to handle.