http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/legebokoff-trial/woman-testifies-she-had-relationship-with-legebokoff-1.1206634Woman testifies she had relationship with Legebokoff
Mark NIELSEN / Prince George Citizen - July 15, 2014
A former Prince George woman not only had a relationship with Cody Alan Legebokoff but was a friend of one of his alleged murder victims, the court heard Monday.
Nakheita Cunningham said she knew Natasha Lynn Montgomery from growing up in Quesnel where their mothers played on the same softball team.
After she broke her back in a car accident, Cunningham moved from Williams Lake to Prince George to live with her mother sometime in 2009 and stayed in this city until November 2010. By that time her mother had moved to Edmonton and Cunningham followed her there.
In Prince George, Cunningham and Montgomery first ran into each other at a house in the VLA where they were doing crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine and remained familiar with each other because they were both prostitutes working on Queensway, the court heard.
Cunningham said she first met Legebokoff one day while at a friend's barbecue at a house on Carney Street. It just so happened a barbecue was also being held in a house across the street where Legebokoff was living. The parties came together and they exchanged phone numbers.
Legebokoff later called her up to buy psychedelic mushrooms but Cunningham said it was really just a ploy to get her over to the house and they started hanging out with each other.
"It started becoming more like a relationship," Cunningham said.Legebokoff did buy drugs off her a second time but Cunningham said she never saw him use them.
By that time, she said Legebokoff made her feel comfortable and things progressed from there.
"We'd go for drives and we'd just lay there and relax and he would hold me," Cunningham said.
However, she already had a boyfriend, although he could be abusive. In those situations, she would call Legebokoff to come get her or call the police.
They would also go four-by-fouring in Legebokoff's pickup truck. A favourite spot was LC Gunn Park where they would make their own trails. With the help of an aerial photograph of the area where the body of Cynthia France Maas, 35, was found in October 2010, Cunningham gave a vivid description of the routes she and Legebokoff would take.
Cunningham told the court she brought Montgomery over to Legebokoff's house during a summer afternoon but the three decided to leave because the three girls living upstairs were not into the same level of drugs they were doing.
Legebokoff took them in his truck out to a spot just east of Prince George Correctional Centre where he and Cunningham liked to go so she could let her pet dog run. They drove down a hill, took a right and stopped at an "old mill" before the train tracks.
They pulled down the tailgate and while Cunningham and Montgomery respectively consumed crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, Legebokoff had a few drinks.
Cunningham said she remembered it was summer because it was hot out and Montgomery had shaved her head.
When they ran out of drugs, they drove back into town where Montgomery was dropped off at a drug house on Quince Street and Cunningham was dropped off at a nearby convenience store.
Under cross examination, defence lawyer Jim Heller noted inconsistencies in her testimony when a statement she gave police in June 2013, notably that the trio's get together east of PGRCC occurred shortly before Montgomery, whose body has never been found, went missing in September 2010 and not before.
Cunningham replied she had been away from the city for some time and memories of what actually happened came back when she returned to Prince George and said her testimony adhered to a second statement she gave to police on Sunday.
"It was hard for me to take the parts and put things together," Cunningham said.
Cunningham said the last time she saw Montgomery was shortly after her release from PGRCC and agreed with Heller she saw her get into the pickup truck of someone she thought was threatening and dangerous.
In an apparent confusion over names, Cunningham first told police the man's name was Cody but gave another name to the court on Monday.