OTTAWA -- The man on trial for murdering three women in the Ottawa Valley two years ago told police he killed his three former acquaintances because they were not innocent.

Fifty-nine-year-old Basil Borutski confessed to police in an interview room at the Pembroke OPP detachment the day after the crimes in September 2015.

The video of that confession continued to be played in court Friday as part of Borutski's trial for first degree murder charges in the deaths of 66-year-old Carol Culleton, 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam.

Borutski said several times he makes a distinction between murder and killing because the Bible does and that murder is killing someone or something that is innocent.

He said the women were guilty of lying about him to police and having him thrown in jail for things he didn't do.

Borutski is representing himself at the trial but is refusing to participate, sitting in the prisoner's box facing forward with his eyes closed most of the time.