Three Montrealers accused of drowning four Shafia family members in Kingston, Ont., viewed the deceased as the "diseased limb on the family tree" that needed to be removed, a Crown attorney told jury members on Thursday.

In her closing remarks, Laurie Lacelle said Mohammad Shafia, 59, his wife, Tooba Yahya, 42, and their son Hamed Shafia, 21, were involved in the planning, execution and coverup of their murders.

"Their solution" Lacelle said of the accused,"was to remove the diseased limb entirely and prune the tree back to the good wood."

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