Lawyers on both sides in a preliminary hearing for a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting Colten Boushie say they hope the truth will come out.
The week-long hearing, which began Monday, will determine whether Gerald Stanley will face trial for second-degree murder in the death of the indigenous man last summer.
Details of the preliminary hearing are under a publication ban.
Lawyer Chris Murphy, who represents Boushie’s family, said the family wants to get to the truth and ensure Stanley receives a fair trial.
Murphy said it’s difficult for the family to hear evidence presented at the preliminary hearing.
Stanley’s lawyer, Scott Spencer, said the process is extremely hard for his client as well.
Stanley has pleaded not guilty and is out on bail. He sat quietly in court Monday next to Spencer.
RCMP closed the road in front of the courthouse on Monday for the preliminary hearing.
A few people held signs calling for “Justice 4 Colten.” Another said “He was somebody’s son, cousin, nephew, uncle, brother, grandson, friend.”