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Quebec wrestler pleads guilty




Kurt "The Career Killer" Lauderdale, an ex-wrestler from Quebec's indepdent circuit, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in the death of a 16-year-old girl.

Lauderdale, whose real name is Kurt Lauder, wrestled for International Wrestling Syndicate and Montreal Wrestling Federation, among other promotions. He had originally been charged with first-degree murder in Shanna Poissant's death last July. Lauder worked as a security guard as a primary profession.

In court in Valleyfield, Quebec, the 6-foot-4, 325-pound 24-year-old Lauder appeared to be a broken man as he stared down and mumbled one-word answers. His voice barely above a whisper, he plead guilt to Justice James Brunton.

Court heard that he suffered deep depression after his arrest and was sent to the Pinel Institute after attempting to commit suicide.

The teenager's body showed signs of violence when it was found in a forest exactly a year ago Wednesday near the Quebec town of Hemmingford. She had been killed about two weeks earlier inside Lauder's home. Lauder has admitted to crushing her skull.

An autopsy showed that Lauder he killed Poissant by hitting her in the face and head at least five times with a heavy, blunt object.

The murdered girl's mother, Tammy Geraw, was in the courtroom with a photo of her daughter. Emotional family and friends expressed outrage that Lauder was allowed to plead to a reduced charge and were unsympathetic to his emotional problems.

"I think the trial's more concerned with Kurt Lauder than it is with the death of my niece," Tina Dann told reporters.

Family friend Karen Borro questioned whether Lauder was depressed over killing someone or getting caught. "Worrying about his psychiatric state now is a bit of a comedy because for 15 days he did what he had to do," she said. "He wrestled. He went to water slides. He saw his friends."

Sentencing for Lauder will be determined on September 25th, in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, southwest of Montreal.

-- with files from Canoe wire services

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