After retiring to begin deliberations late Thursday afternoon, the jury at the Gerald Stanley murder trial asked to listen to recordings of key testimony.
Stanley, 56, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the 2016 shooting death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie, which occurred in Stanley’s farmyard Aug. 9, 2016. Stanley, who testified in his own defence Monday, said the shooting was accidental and caused by a misfire. In his closing statment Thursday morning, Crown Prosecutor William Burge alleged the shooting was either intentional murder, or manslaughter caused by careless handling of a firearm.
About four hours after retiring to begin deliberations, the jurors submitted a written request for Chief Justice Martel Popescul asking to rehear specific portions of testimony from Stanley and his 28-year-old son Sheldon.
“We want to rehear Sheldon’s testimony from when he came out of the house. We also would like to hear Gerald’s testimony from where he fired his first shot and on,” the jury’s request read.
Popescul said isolating the requested portions from the lengthy recordings would be a lengthy and difficult process, so the court will replay the full recordings for the jury this morning. Sheldon Stanley testified for roughly 70 minutes, he said, while his father testified for more than two-and-a-half hours.
After hearing the testimony for the second time today, the jury will resume its deliberations. They will continue throughout the weekend if a verdict is not reached by the end of the day Friday.
--EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been closed to commenting because the matter is still before the court.
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