Man accused in Kamloops murder claims woman died during rough sex

A Fraser Valley man stands trial for first-degree murder in connection with the 2016 death of a woman

  • Jan. 20, 2020 2:00 p.m.

-Kamloops this Week

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A Fraser Valley man standing trial for first-degree murder in connection with the 2016 death of a woman found under a mattress in a Kamloops hotel room told police her death was the result of rough sex gone too far — after claiming the death was the result of accidental suffocation and that the victim had attacked him.

Debra Novacluse, 52, was found dead in a first-floor room at the Super 8 Motel on Hugh Allan Drive in Aberdeen on Aug. 27, 2016.

David Albert Miller, now 69, was arrested days later in Ontario, about an hour west of Brockville.

For a week, those involved in Miller’s B.C. Supreme Court trial have been watching and listening to recordings made by police in the hours after Miller’s arrest.

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In court on Monday, a videotaped interview showed Miller admitting to having caused Novacluse’s death, though he offered a number of explanations that changed under questioning from Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Mark Davidson.

Miller initially denied having ever been with Novacluse in Kamloops. He then said she had been with him, but he denied killing her. Over the course of the interview, Miller eventually admitted he killed Novacluse, wrapped her body in a sleeping bag and hid it beneath the mattress in his hotel room.

Initially, Miller said the death was a result of accidental suffocation. He then said he was acting in self-defence after she attacked him. Later, he told Davidson she died following rough sex.

“She wants you to do things to her,” Davidson said in the video. “You’ve already said your equipment’s not working that great. So what happened? We’ve come this far, man.”

“I realized I choked her too much,” Miller replied.

“It was a lot more than choking, though, right, Dave?” Davidson asked.

“She started bleeding,” Miller replied, noting he then “cleaned up” and left as fast as he could.

Crown prosecutor Monica Fras said in her opening statement last week that Novacluse’s body was found beneath a blood-soaked mattress.

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Miller had previously told police he travelled to Kamloops in August 2016 after having an argument with his wife at a campsite near Hope. Novacluse had been a friend of Miller’s.

Court has heard Miller fled Kamloops in Novacluse’s vehicle, abandoning it in Calgary before flying to Ontario, where he was arrested by Kamloops Mounties on Sept. 1, 2016.

Miller’s defence lawyer is challenging the voluntariness of the statement he made to police. A voir dire on that issue — a trial within a trial to determine eligibility if evidence — is expected to end early this week.

Miller’s judge-alone trial is scheduled to end in mid-February.

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