Witness: Hebert Admitted Killing Yekel, Sought Help In Dismember

Witness: Hebert Admitted Killing Yekel, Sought Help In Dismembering Body

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A man currently serving a 20-year prison term for robbery says Christopher Hebert not only admitted to killing Lacey Yekel, he also asked him to asked him for help in cutting up her body.

In the second day of testimony in Hebert's murder trial in St. Lawrence County Court, Jason Scott Smith testified Hebert was "in a stage I'd never seen before - crying, emotional." 

Smith said Hebert told him he killed a girl and admitted it was Yekel.

Hebert is accused of killing Yekel in 2014 and hiding her body near the Massena Industrial Park.

Smith has known Hebert for 20 years and says they met in jail. 

Smith testified Hebert told him he was partying with Yekel, passed out, and woke up to discover his money missing. According to Smith, Hebert told him he told Yekel to the industrial park, where he freaked out and beat her with a rock.

Smith said Hebert told him that Yekel yelled, "Look what you did to my face."

According to Smith, Hebert said that because of his extensive criminal record, it didn't matter if he had an assault or murder charge, so he choked Yekel to death.

Smith testified that Hebert asked him for money to buy a hacksaw and shovels and dismember and bury body.

Smith said he gave him $100 but didn't want to help him.

Jurors then heard a recording of a phone call between the two men. Smith says in that call that Hebert discusses with him what to do with Yekel's body. 

Hebert is heard on tape saying, "Let our animal friends do their job," and "I wish I would have been able to take care of that."

Another prison inmate took the stand and testified that Hebert told him and others that he killed someone. When a picture of Yekel was shown on television, the inmate testified that Hebert said, "She didn't look like that the last time he seen her."

Hebert's lawyers argue that he was lying about killing Yekel to impress other criminals and they say their evidence will show that Yekel died from a drug overdose. 

State Police Senior Investigator Brian Sypek also took the stand. He testified about searching the industrial park and finding a bone and other evidence.  A femur was shown to the jury.

The trial continues Monday. 

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