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Teen denies girl's murder

Calgary Sun, Canadian Press, various newspapers across Canada,  July 8, 2004

VANCOUVER -- Accused killer Kelly Ellard tearfully denied yesterday that she killed 14-year-old Reena Virk seven years ago. Ellard, testifying for the second day at her B.C. Supreme Court murder trial, sobbed in the witness box when she described to the jury the beating given to Virk by several teenagers.

As Ellard wept, Crown prosecutor Catherine Murray asked Ellard if the thought of that beating now upsets her.

Ellard replied: "Yes. I'm not a monster."

Ellard, who at times rocked and sobbed in the witness box, turned down three offers to take a break.

"No," she said. "Keep going. I just want to get this over with."

Ellard grew angry when Murray repeatedly asked her about the swarming under the Craigflower Bridge in Greater Victoria, when Ellard depicted herself as the one who threw the first punch but was mainly a bystander afterwards.

"You pushed her back into the crowd," said Murray.

"Yes," said Ellard. "Maybe I didn't want her to get away. I don't know. I'm sorry. I told you it was stupid."

She seemed to grow frustrated and angry when she was asked several times but said she couldn't say specifically who was punching Virk.

"I didn't kill Reena Virk," she said. "How many times do I have to say it?"

At another point in her cross-examination Ellard stood up in the witness box and demonstrated how she threw the punch she claimed to give Virk.

"Is that clear enough for you?" she barked at Murray.

Ellard told the jury Warren Glowatski and two other girls killed Virk.

Glowatski was convicted in 1999 of second-degree murder in the Virk death and sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole for seven years.