On Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, a floor person for the jury at the trial of Gerald Stanley, a farmer charged with second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Cree man Colten Boushie, stood up inside Battleford’s Court of Queen’s Bench and read the verdict.
Not guilty, the juror said. Stanley was acquitted. Gerald Stanley leaves the Court of Queen’s Bench out a back door with members of the RCMP after a jury delivered a verdict of not guilty in his second-degree murder trial in Battleford, Sask., Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Stanley was accused of killing 22-year-old Indigenous man Colten Boushie. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards Debbie Baptiste, the mother of Colten Boushie, holds up a picture of her son as she leaves Battleford’s Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, during a lunch recess on the fifth day of evidence at the trial of Gerald Stanley, the farmer accused of killing the 22-year-old Indigenous man. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards What happened during the two-week trial?
Jan. 29 About 200 people show up in Battleford for jury duty.
Seven women and five men — plus two alternates — are selected to serve.
None are visibly Indigenous, prompting comments of frustration from Boushie’s family.
“It was really difficult to sit there today and watch every single visible Indigenous person be challenged by the defence,” his cousin, Jade Tootoosis, tells media.
Jan. 30 Chief Justice Martel Popescul, who presided over the trial, starts the day by notifying court the two alternates selected the previous day will be filling for two jurors he says he excused.
He outlines details of Boushie’s death, stating the 22-year-old was shot once in an SUV on the Stanley farm Aug. 9, 2016.
The bullet entered behind his left ear and exited through the side of his neck.
Three spent casings found at the scene match a Tokarev handgun from Stanley’s home, Burge says. Eleven guns — two of which were pellet guns — were found on the property.
Boushie’s DNA was on the Tokarev, Burge says. Gunshot residue was on Stanley’s hands.
Burge promises testimony from Stanley’s son and calls two RCMP officers.
The first officer, Cpl. Terry Heroux, shows photos from the scene and outlines the investigative process.
Court hears the SUV, with its door open, was left at the scene for two days. Forty-four millimetres of rain came down in the area within that time and much of Boushie’s blood in the SUV washed away.
The second officer, a blood-stain-pattern analyst, is Sgt. Jennifer Barnes.
Stanley’s defence lawyer, Scott Spencer, questions the police investigation, stating the defence was not able to see the SUV before the vehicle was towed from the scene. Jan. 31 Const. Andrew Park tells court he believes a rifle stock found at a farm northeast of the Stanley property matches a stock missing from a rifle found at the scene. He says he received a report, while on the Stanley farm, of an attempted break-in to a truck on the other property. Stanley’s son, Sheldon, then takes the stand . Sheldon testifies hearing someone start a quad in their yard, after an SUV drove onto the farm. He says he believes someone from the SUV was trying to steal from the property. He hit the SUV’s windshield with a hammer as the vehicle tried to drive away, and then went to the house to grab truck keys, he says. He tells court he heard three shots before seeing his dad, standing close to the SUV, holding a gun and a clip. “I don’t know what happened. It just went off. I […]
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