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Witness statements, weapon considered in Gerald Stanley trial

The trial continues for a Saskatchewan farmer who is accused of fatally shooting 22-year old Colten Boushie in the head.

Gerald Stanley, 56, is on trial for second degree murder and has pleaded not guilty at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Battleford.

CTV reported Friday that chief justice Martel Popescul addressed the jurors before the prosecution rested, speaking about inconsistencies in the key Crown witnesses’ testimony compared to previous statements.

Eric Meechance, Cassidy Cross and Belinda Jackson were all in the SUV with Boushie. CTV says that Cross admitted on Thursday that he had lied about carrying a gun, breaking into a truck and how much alcohol he had that night. Jackson also had discrepancies in her testimony, initially telling police that she saw a woman shoot Boushie. On Thursday she said that she didn’t consider it a lie because everything came back to her later.

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Popescul said the jurors should consider the explanations witnesses gave for the changes in their statements.

CBC reports that Stanley’s son Sheldon told court earlier in the week that his father said the handgun went off accidentally and he was trying to scare the strangers on his property. An RCMP firearms expert testified Friday saying that that the handgun believed to have killed Boushie didn’t have any evidence of malfunctioning.

The defense is expected to make statements next week. It is still not known whether Stanley himself will take the stand.

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