Saskatoon murder trial hears Blake Schreiner and Tammy Brown considered separation

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Blake Schreiner told a Saskatoon police investigator he woke up early and picked up a knife the morning after discussing a separation with his spouse.

Tammy Brown, his common-law partner, was in bed in another room. Schreiner “got onto a bad track,” he told Sgt. Kory Ochitwa.

“There was a voice inside my head that said ‘the kids,’ like … I don’t know what it was,” he said during the interview played in court Tuesday.

Schreiner has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

The men spoke at Saskatoon police headquarters on the evening of Jan. 29, 2019. Shortly after 8:30 that morning, Brown, 39, was declared dead at a home on Kootenay Drive in Saskatoon’s north end.

“I pretty much blacked out for most of it, like as in I don’t even know what I was doing,” he said.

He recalled one of his young children entering the room where Tammy Brown’s body laid on the ground. He shut the door, made the kids breakfast and thought he may never see them again, the officer was told.

Schreiner also went on a drive down Circle Avenue, through 8th Street and across downtown before returning home and calling police.

“I don’t know what the f–k I was doing,” Schreiner said. “I wanted to figure things out in my head”

In his 911 call, Schreiner said there were “multiple stab wounds.”

The night before, the couple had dinner, watched a movie and “things were pretty good,” according to Schreiner.

Their conversation turned to possibly getting lawyers and separating, something they’d been considering for a month or two, the accused said.

They had been fighting for about a year, Schreiner said.

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