Vic­tim was wor­ried about ac­cused: wit­ness

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James Carl­son was a tal­ented farm ma­chin­ery me­chanic whose tools — af­ter his fam­ily — were the most im­por­tant thing in his life, ac­cord­ing to Carl­son’s friend.

Blair Schroeder said that’s why he was shocked to hear Carl­son’s truck and work tools had been found aban­doned in a field near Al­lan, Sask. on May 19, 2008.

Carl­son was last seen five days ear­lier. Be­fore he van­ished, Schroeder said some­thing had been both­er­ing his friend. He tes­ti­fied in court Thurs­day that Carl­son dis­closed that he was wor­ried about a man named Tay­lor Wolff and if Carl­son ever went miss­ing, he wanted Schroeder to tell po­lice.

Wolff, 33, is on trial at Saska­toon Court of Queen’s Bench, charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in con­nec­tion with Carl­son’s pre­sumed death. No body has been re­cov­ered.

De­fence lawyer Brad Mitchell asked Schroeder why he waited 10 years to di­vulge this in­for­ma­tion to po­lice. The wit­ness said he had men­tioned it be­fore, but never in a for­mal writ­ten state­ment.

Schroeder is among sev­eral wit­nesses whose tes­ti­mony high­lights a ten­sion be­tween Wolff and Carl­son. Court heard the men were friends through the drug scene in Wa­trous, Sask.

Ac­cord­ing to an agreed state­ment of facts, Wolff had been charged for drug of­fences be­cause of in­for­ma­tion Carl­son gave po­lice.

Layne Boor­man, a friend of Wolff ’s, told po­lice back in 2008 that he was aware of the sit­u­a­tion. He said dur­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with Wolff prior to Carl­son’s dis­ap­pear­ance, Wolff showed him a gun and told him not to go to Carl­son’s home that night.

On Wed­nes­day, Boor­man tes­ti­fied he was com­ing off drugs and lied to po­lice by telling them what he thought they wanted to hear about Wolff.

The trial en­tered a voir dire hear­ing to de­ter­mine if Boor­man’s out-of-court state­ment should be ad­mis­si­ble for the truth of its con­tents.

Crown prose­cu­tor Bill Burge ar­gued plenty of wit­ness tes­ti­mony cor­rob­o­rates the es­sen­tial el­e­ment of hos­til­ity in Boor­man’s state­ment.

Wolff’s friend Lind­say Reiber said Wolff was frus­trated be­cause Carl­son owed him money. She tes­ti­fied Wolff later told her he shot Carl­son and dumped his body in a well.

Two other women said Wolff made com­ments to them about the vic­tim in 2008. One said Wolff told her he would “take care” of Carl­son, while the other said she remembers him say­ing he was go­ing to “get back” at Carl­son.

Jus­tice Ger­ald All­bright re­served his de­ci­sion on the voir dire un­til Mon­day, when the trial will re­sume.

Tay­lor James Wolff

James Carl­son

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