Security high at preliminary hearing of farmer accused of shooting young man – CP

by ahnationtalk on April 5, 2017201 Views

Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 4, 2017



NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. _ There are no crowds but there is a heightened security presence outside the provincial courthouse in North Battleford, Sask., where a preliminary hearing is being held for a farmer accused of fatally shooting an indigenous man.

The hearing will determine whether Gerald Stanley, 55, will stand trial for second-degree murder in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, 22, last summer.

Boushie was killed while riding in an SUV that went onto a farm near Biggar, Sask.

Another person in the SUV has said they were heading home to the Red Pheasant First Nation after an afternoon of swimming when they got a flat tire and sought help.

The killing ignited racial tension in Saskatchewan and there have been large rallies outside court when Stanley made previous appearances.

But so far this week there have been no organized demonstrations, though at least eight RCMP cruisers blocked off the front of the courthouse on Tuesday morning.

An increased security presence was also seen inside the courthouse, with two RCMP members supporting two deputy sheriffs in the room. Three officers joined three sheriffs in the courthouse hallway.

Tuesday’s hearing was attended by Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, and her sons, William and Jace. Both brothers left briefly during the proceedings, tears visible in William’s eyes.

Friends and family of the accused were also in court, taking up about a quarter of the small room.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled to wrap up Thursday, when Justice B.J. Bauer will determine whether there is enough evidence for a trial to continue.

The evidence being presented at the preliminary hearing is under a publication ban.




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