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Crown counsel begins cross-examination of B.C. father accused of killing daughters

Last Updated Aug 23, 2019 at 12:33 pm PDT

FILE - Andrew Berry, centre, appears in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. A Vancouver Island father who is accused of killing his two daughters painted a picture of a happy life with them. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Felicity Don

Andrew Berry has ended the first part of his testimony by reiterating that he didn't kill his two young daughters

The bodies of Chloe, 6, and Audrey, 4, were found in their rooms at Berry's Victoria-area apartment

Andrew Berry has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder

VANCOUVER — A father from Vancouver Island who is accused of murdering his two young daughters has ended the first part of his testimony by reiterating that he did not kill his girls.

Andrew Berry is charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of six-year-old Chloe Berry and four-year-old Aubrey Berry on Christmas Day 2017.

The girls were found in their rooms at Berry’s Victoria-area apartment.

Berry was found naked and injured in the bathtub.

The Crown’s theory is that Berry killed the girls and then tried to kill himself, but Berry says he owed thousands of dollars to a loan shark and was attacked in his apartment.

As defence lawyer Kevin McCullough wrapped up his questions, Berry restated that he loved his daughters, didn’t kill them and didn’t try to kill himself

Berry’s testimony will now be challenged by Crown counsel Patrick Weir.