Alberta Mirror

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Son of charged killer recounts shooting demises at trial

Alberta

Key takeaways: 

  • Roger and Anthony Bilodeau’s second-degree killing trial wraps up the first week.
  • A freeze-frame from a surveillance video shown to the jury taken the evening Jacob Sansom and Maurice Cardinal were fired to death.

The son of a charged killer tearfully told an Edmonton jury Friday afternoon that he felt he might die the night his family faced two men.

Roger Bilodeau, 58, and his son Anthony Bilodeau, 33, are charged with second-degree killing about the deadly shootings of two Métis hunters in March 2020. 

Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Jacob Sansom, 39, and his uncle, Maurice Cardinal, 37, died at a small intersection outside the village of Glendon, approximately 215 kilometers northeast of Edmonton.

Joseph Bilodeau, who was 16 when he saw the shootings, was questioned by an RCMP officer four days after the shootings.

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The son of a charged killer tearfully told an Edmonton jury Friday afternoon that he felt he might die the night his family faced two men

“I want to bypass this ever happened,” Joseph told the Mountie. “That picture remains in your head for the rest of your life. IT WAS Tough when I looked out the window and witnessed the dead guy. I was fighting for my life, for my dad’s life.”

“If it weren’t for [Anthony], who came, we would have been dead.”

Before midday on March 27, 2020, Joseph spotted a blue pickup truck pull into their yard, he stated. That night, when a car — that he thought was the same pickup — turned into their driveway, he told his father, “They’re back. They’re going to rob something.”

The jury has yet to be told that Joseph and Roger Bilodeau hopped into a truck and started to pursue the other car at speeds up to 152 km/h. On Friday, Joseph testified that he got scared as the chase continued.

“Any thought at this time just to close it down?” questioned Crown prosecutor Jeff Rudiak during direct examination.

Source – cbc.ca

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