KITCHENER — The leader of a Calgary-based white supremacy group denies he orchestrated a vicious attack in Kitchener to mete out internal discipline.
Kyle McKee, 28, a former Kitchener man who heads a neo-Nazi organization called Blood and Honour, was named in court last week when two other people admitted their roles in the plot.
The facts accepted by Jessie Lajoie, 25, and Marissa Kissack, 24, specified meetings with McKee while he was in custody for alleged hate crimes in Alberta preceded the armed attack here in the summer of 2012.
Now free on bail, however, McKee denied involvement in the ambush of Max Hynes, a former group member lured to the park by Kissack with a promise of sex.
"I've never been questioned about it, I haven't been charged and it definitely hasn't been proven," McKee said in an interview from Calgary this week.
Const. Jeff Gren, the local detective who investigated the case, confirmed McKee hasn't been formally accused of the crime.
"The short answer is we simply lacked the evidence to proceed with a charge against him," he wrote in an email.
Gren would not say if McKee was interviewed because it could adversely affect the investigations conducted outside Ontario.
Hynes, 21, was described in court as a former Blood and Honour organizer in London who had a falling out with McKee "due to a number of unauthorized activities."
He was hit in the head and slashed twice in the stomach by Lajoie and alleged accomplice Eric Marshall, 26, after they travelled here from Alberta to get him.