Undercover officer says Kalen Schlatter confided in him while in custody

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TORONTO -- An undercover Toronto police officer has testified that a man accused of killing a young woman confided in him about the case.

The officer, whose name is not being disclosed in court, says Kalen Schlatter described meeting Tess Richey and taking her to a secluded alley to "hook up" the night she died.

The officer says the conversation took place in the holding cells of a police station after Schlatter's arrest in February 2018.

Prosecutors allege Schlatter sexually assaulted Richey in November 2017, then strangled her after she refused his advances.

Richey's body was found in a stairwell days after she went missing, discovered by her mother and a family friend.

The Crown said in its opening statement last week that Schlatter's DNA was found on Richey's pants and bra.

The Canadian Press

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