Testimony on day two of a preliminary hearing for a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting an indigenous man continued in a North Battleford courtroom Tuesday.
The mother of Colten Boushie, the 22-year-old shot and killed August 9 while riding in an SUV that went onto a farm near Biggar, Sask., left the court crying at one point in the day.
The week-long hearing will determine whether Gerald Stanley will stand trial for second-degree murder in the death of Boushie last summer. All evidence and testimony of the hearing are under a publication ban.
Supporters of both Boushie and Stanley were split to each side of the courtroom.
The number of Stanley supporters was up over the number in attendance for the hearing’s first day. Stanley, who is out on bail, has pleaded not guilty.
The killing of Boushie, who was from the Red Pheasant First Nation, ignited racial tension in Saskatchewan.
Stanley’s August bail hearing was highlighted by hundreds of Boushie supporters rallying outside the courthouse.
RCMP closed the road in front of the courthouse Monday and part of the day Tuesday, but the scene was quiet.
The blockades were removed Tuesday afternoon, but Mounties remained in and around the building.
A rally is expected to take place outside the court Thursday — the day lawyers believe will be the last day of the hearing.