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Senior Mountie to testify at Mayerthorpe fatality inquiry

STONY PLAIN, Alta. – The man who is second in command with the RCMP is to testify today at the inquiry into the murder of four Alberta Mounties.

Rod Knecht, senior deputy commissioner, is the last scheduled witness at the inquiry in Stony Plain provincial court.

Knecht now oversees the RCMP’s regional supervisors, but in 2005, when the four were killed, he was second in command in Alberta and in charge of criminal investigations.

Knecht is expected to outline changes the Mounties have made to make officers safer following the deaths of the four constables.

The four were ambushed and murdered by James Roszko while they were guarding a crime scene on his property near Mayerthorpe.

The inquiry has already heard that the Mounties have distributed stronger body armour and made sure detachments have night-vision goggles.