The trial of Michael Rafferty is set to continue in a London, Ont., court this Friday. Rafferty has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, first degree murder and sexual assault causing bodily harm in the death of eight-year-old Tori Stafford.
After a break in witness testimony on Thursday, when the court heard legal arguments without the jury, Rafferty’s girlfriend at the time of the murder, Terri-Lynne McClintic, 21, is expected to continue testifying on Friday as witness for the prosecution. Over the past week, McClintic, who was convicted of first degree murder in the death of Tori after pleading guilty two years ago, gave the court a harrowing account the kidnapping, sexual assault and killing of the little girl, and the disposal of her body afterward.
Among other horrific details, McClintic told the court earlier this week that she was the one who inflicted fatal blows to Tori’s head with a hammer as the girl lay on the ground, and that she promised Rafferty that she would “take the fall for everything” if the police came after her.