Tes­ti­mony be­gins in fa­tal farm shoot­ing


Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS - Bill Grav­e­land

The Crown says ev­i­dence will show that three shots were fired the night a 22-year-old In­dige­nous man was killed on a Saskatchewan farm al­though the fa­tal bul­let has never been found.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Bill Burge told Ger­ald Stan­ley’s trial on Tues­day that court will hear from the farmer’s son, Shel­don, who was work­ing with his father on a fence that night and came run­ning when they thought some­one was try­ing to steal a ve­hi­cle from their yard.

Burge told ju­rors they will hear Shel­don Stan­ley went in­side to get his keys be­cause a grey Ford Es­cape SUV was start­ing to drive away when it hit another ve­hi­cle in the yard.

“As he was run­ning into the house, he heard two gun­shots. When he got out of the house with his car keys, he heard another gun­shot. He looked. He saw his father stand­ing by the driver’s door of this ve­hi­cle with a gun and a clip in his hand,” Burge told court.

“Shel­don Stan­ley ap­proached the ve­hi­cle and saw Colten Boushie in the driver’s seat slumped to­ward the steer­ing wheel.”

Burge said there were two fe­males in the back seat of the ve­hi­cle. Two other males had jumped out of the SUV and ran away.

The Crown said an au­topsy found Boushie died from a gun­shot wound.

“There was only one sig­nif­i­cant in­jury on his body and that was a gun­shot wound to the head that en­tered be­hind the left ear and ex­ited through his right neck,” said Burge.

Po­lice re­cov­ered sev­eral firearms from the farm, in­clud­ing a Rus­sian­made Tokarev TT33 semi-au­to­matic pis­tol that had Boushie’s blood on the trig­ger, trig­ger guard and ham­mer. Stan­ley also tested pos­i­tive for gun­pow­der residue.

RCMP Cpl. Terry Her­oux tes­ti­fied of­fi­cers did an ex­haus­tive search of the farm and the SUV but the bul­let that killed Boushie was not re­cov­ered.

“It’s been my ex­pe­ri­ence that bul­lets can change when they travel through things, in this case the vic­tim,” Her­oux told court. “Bul­lets can frag­ment. Bul­lets can some­times ric­o­chet off of dif­fer­ent things. You might only find sliv­ers of them.”

RCMP pho­tos taken the night of the shoot­ing, en­tered as ex­hibits in court, show the SUV with its front left wheel worn down to the rim, doors open and a body un­der blan­kets on the ground.

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