Boushie family speaks outside North Battleford courthouse

By CKOM News Staff
April 6, 2017 - 11:00am

After a one-day break, a preliminary hearing in the case of Gerald Stanley resumed Thursday at North Battleford Provincial Court.

The hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to send Stanley to trial on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie.

Boushie, 22, was shot and killed on Stanley's farm near Biggar, Sask.  on Aug. 9, 2016.

Stanley, 55, also faces two charges of unsafe storage of a firearm.

A large crowd gathered outside the courthouse Thursday morning to sing and drum as a show of support for the victim’s family.

Boushie’s cousin, Jade Tootoosis, spoke to reporters while mom Debbie Baptiste held a photo of her slain son.

“Colten’s death must have a purpose. Will his death reveal the deep divide that exists between many in this province?” Jade Tootoosis, Boushie’s cousin, told media.

“It has also brought us here, to this courthouse, where we come together to ask for a fair trial for everyone involved.”

The killing of Boushie, who was from the Red Pheasant First Nation, ignited racial tension in Saskatchewan.

Prior to the preliminary hearing, which started Monday, there had been large rallies outside court when Stanley made previous court appearances.

“We, Colten’s family, hope that this preliminary hearing – and the issues that it raises about our relationships with each other – will generate further discussion and dialogue to help us bring our communities together,” Tootoosis said.

RCMP have been present throughout the preliminary hearing this week, with members blocking off the road in front of the courthouse.

 

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