A friend of Colten Boushie says he was blinded by glass and took off in a panic when the windshield of the S-U-V he was driving was smashed.
Cassidy Cross-Whitstone told the murder trial of Gerald Stanley on Thursday that he was drunk and the S-U-V had a flat tire when he and others went to the Stanley farm near Biggar in August 2016 after they’d been at a neighboring farm to steal.
Cross-Whitstone told court in the Battlefords that as he ran away, he heard two gunshots and a bullet whizzed past his right ear.
He admitted under cross-examination that he has changed his story since speaking to police.
Cross-Whitstone told those in the courtroom he was “half cut” because he had so much to drink when he was first interviewed 24 hours after the shooting and that he didn’t tell the truth about drinking or under a gun. He also told court he did not tell the truth at Stanley’s preliminary hearing while under oath.
Stanley has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Boushie, who died from a single gunshot wound to the back of his head.
The trial is expected to go until February 15.