A defence lawyer told a trial in Edmonton that a man and his son followed two Metis hunters in their trucks because they believed they were thieves and later shot them in self-defence during a confrontation.
A jury trial started Monday for Roger Bilodeau and his son Anthony Bilodeau, who are charged with two counts of second-degree murder.
Defence lawyer Shawn Gertsel said the Bilodeaus began chasing Jacob Sansom and his uncle Maurice Cardinal on a rural road near Glendon, northeast of Edmonton, in March 2020 because they wanted to
talk to the hunters who they thought were criminals.
Gertsel said father and son assumed the hunters were the same people who had driven on their property earlier in the day.
A Crown lawyer said an autopsy found Sansom was shot once in the chest and Cardinal was shot three times in his shoulder. The trial is to continue Tuesday.
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