‘Show me the body’: Closing arguments heard at Greg Fertuck murder trial

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Fertuck’s trial began in 2021. He’s charged with the first-degree murder of his estranged wife Sheree in 2015. A verdict is set for June.

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Greg Mitchell Fertuck says the fact that his estranged wife’s body has never been found helps prove that he lied to undercover officers when he said he shot Sheree Fertuck twice in a Saskatchewan gravel pit and used a loader to move her body into the back of his truck.

“Show me the body Mr. Bliss. You said I shot her in the shoulder and in the head, but there is no body,” Fertuck, who is self-representing, said in response to Crown prosecutor Cory Bliss’s closing arguments on Monday in Saskatoon Court of King’s Bench.

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In his brief arguments, Fertuck said any details he provided during the June 2019 conversation with an undercover officer pretending to be the boss of a fake criminal organization were to “make my story believable” because he was a “lonely alcoholic” who said what he needed to stay in the organization.

Bliss argued Fertuck was telling the truth because the crime boss offered to clean up the police investigation, and because he had internalized the group’s message about the importance of honesty.

Sheree and Greg Fertuck
Gregory Mitchell Fertuck (right) is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the disappearance and death of his estranged wife, Sheree Fertuck. (Supplied photos)

Fertuck, 70, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and offering an indignity to human remains after confessing to Sheree’s murder at the end of a 10-month undercover police operation known as a ‘Mr. Big’ sting.

His judge-alone trial began in 2021 with a global voir dire to determine if the sting evidence would be admissible at trial.

Justice Richard Danyliuk admitted the Mr. Big sting evidence last year. He will deliver his verdict on June 14.


Sheree was a 51-year-old mother of three and grandmother when she vanished from a gravel pit near Kenaston, south of Saskatoon, on Dec. 7, 2015. Her disappearance was ruled a homicide, but the case went cold for four years.

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Bliss argued that Fertuck had an obvious financial motive to kill Sheree. Witnesses testified that she was filing for divorce and preparing to split their assets.

Fertuck wanted $15,000 from his pension, but Sheree refused to consent until they had worked out the property division, Bliss told court.

Although they were separated, she still let Fertuck work for her gravel hauling business. The morning of her disappearance, Bliss said Sheree was angry because she believed Fertuck had logged more hours than he had worked.

Phone records show she called him as he was leaving an appointment at 11:28 a.m., and then called the bank to cancel his payment.

Bliss said Fertuck then drove to the pit where Sheree was hauling gravel to confront her about the money, noting that his cellphone pinged off a tower near the pit around 1:20 p.m.

The Kenaston-area gravel pit where Sheree Fertuck disappeared.
A photo taken by RCMP of Sheree Fertuck’s semi and loader left at the gravel pit near Kenaston where she was last seen. (Court exhibit photo)

Fertuck wasn’t bragging or exaggerating when he told the crime boss that he regretted shooting her because she was being unreasonable about finances, Bliss said, noting how Fertuck told the crime boss “She was taking everything that I worked all these years for.”

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Bliss outlined how, during the sting, he called Sheree disparaging names and talked about how much he hated her. He showed undercover officers a skeleton on his phone, saying it’s how his mother-in-law and her daughter now look.

He said Sheree was missing and police wouldn’t find her body.

“There was never a denial to the crime boss, or to any other undercover officer, that the accused had killed Sheree Fertuck,” Bliss said.

He told court that Fertuck tried his best to show undercover officers where he left Sheree’s unburied body in a rural area northeast of the pit, but admitted that coyotes may have got to her remains in the four years that had passed.

It’s possible that Fertuck was never entirely sure about where he left her, Bliss argued.

“His confession is reliable. It accords with the evidence that the police had already found. It accords with the evidence he turned over and (the evidence that) was discovered.”


Surveillance video shows Fertuck at a Saskatoon car wash near his home in Holiday Park around 5 p.m. the day he allegedly killed Sheree.

Bliss said the Crown isn’t alleging that he washed out his truck box, which still had dusty bootprints inside, because he told undercover police that he rolled Sheree’s body up in black plastic.

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RCMP found a tiny bloody spot on the tailgate that matched Sheree’s DNA profile. Fertuck argued the truck had been used to help people move, and the blood could have come from that.

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The truck bed of Greg Fertuck’s Dodge Ram truck (Court exhibit photo) (Supplied for Saskatoon StarPhoenix) Supplied photo

Four months after Sheree’s disappearance, when the snow melted, investigators found two .22 calibre spent shell casings in the gravel pit where Sheree’s abandoned semi had been left unlocked and running with her keys, jacket and cellphone inside.

The Crown said this information was never released to the public.

RCMP found .22 calibre ammunition during a search of Fertuck’s home. At the time, his guns had been seized from a prior police investigation, Bliss said.

He recalled how Fertuck specifically asked for .22 calibre ammunition when he messaged a man in the fall of 2015. The text messages were read out in court.

He told undercover officers that he bought a Ruger 10/22 from a man and later threw it in a field near Struan, Sask. northwest of Kenaston.

A Saskatchewan couple discovered a Ruger 10/22 while moving a storage bin off their rural property near Kinley, Sask., 40 kilometres south of Struan, in November 2021. They gave the gun to police after reading the StarPhoenix’s trial coverage.

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A ballistics expert determined the gun had fired the shells found in the gravel pit.

Ruger 10/22. Court exhibit at Greg Fertuck murder trial.
The Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic rifle found under a storage bin near Kinley, Sask. in November 2021 was presented as Crown evidence at Greg Fertuck’s murder voir dire on Friday, April 29. (Court exhibit photo) jpg

Fertuck argued that many people were in the pit after Sheree went missing, that the ammunition found in his home were brass while the casings found at the pit were nickel, and that there was no conclusion if the shells found in his house were fired from the Ruger 10/22.

He also questioned the lack of rust on a gun that had supposedly been buried for six years.

Fertuck pointed to a defence witness who testified on the voir dire that she saw Sheree’s distinctive red and white semi pass her farmhouse on Highway 15 after 5 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2015 — the day Sheree disappeared.

Fertuck argued he couldn’t have been driving the semi because he was on surveillance video at the car wash. He suggested that vandalism to the weigh scale on Sheree’s gravel loader and a recent gravel contract Sheree had won is “indicative of someone else having animosity” toward her.

Bliss said police questioned Sheree’s gravel competitor and her brother, who provided DNA, phone records and alibis. He also said the woman’s evidence about seeing Sheree’s semi “suffers from serious frailties” of “fleeting glance identification” and shouldn’t be heavily relied upon.

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The Crown argued that Fertuck formulated a plan to kill Sheree when he brought a loaded gun to the gravel pit, and therefore committed first-degree murder. Bliss noted how Fertuck told undercover officers “I probably subconsciously had that plan in place.”

Danyliuk asked Bliss if second-degree murder is an option. Bliss said it is, even though the Crown believes it was premeditated.

“You can have a plan and still snap,” Bliss said, referencing what Fertuck told undercover officers.

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