Trial for father, son charged with 2nd-degree murder in deaths of Alberta hunters loses 3 jurors

The second-degree murder trial for Anthony and Roger Bilodeau is now down to just 11 jurors as it nears its close.

On Tuesday, Day 6 of the trial started with Justice Eric Macklin informing the court two jurors had tested positive for COVID-19 and a third was also sick.

Macklin ordered testing for the remaining jurors and the jury officer. While the remaining 11 jurors all tested negative for the virus, the officer tested positive.

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The trial was on break until a replacement officer could be brought in.

Originally, 16 jurors were chosen for the trial which is scheduled to last 10 days.

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On the first day, two jurors were excused when one tested positive for COVID-19 and another raised scheduling concerns with their work.

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If the jury gets below 10 jurors, there will be a mistrial.

So far, the trial has heard Jacob Sansom and his uncle Maurice Cardinal were hunting near the Glendon area on March 27, 2020.

They shot a moose about two and a half hours northeast of Edmonton and went to a friend’s house to skin it.

The group socialized and drank alcohol for several hours.

Eventually, Sansom and Cardinal left, driving away in Sansom’s Dodge truck.

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Members of the Bilodeau family have testified they saw a truck stop near the edge of their property that night.

Roger Bilodeau’s teenaged son said the truck was there for “less than a minute.”

The son, who was 16 at the time, said he had earlier in the day watched a vehicle which he did not recognize drive down their driveway. He testified he found that suspicious as there has been crime in the area recently.

When they spotted a truck later that night, Roger and the teen got in their truck and chased the unknown vehicle.

Eventually, the two trucks came to a stop at on a rural road. A fight between the two groups ensued.

Soon after, Roger’s older son, Anthony, pulled up after his father phoned him and asked him to bring a gun.

In both statements to police and testimony, the jury has heard that Anthony shot and killed both Sansom and Cardinal.

Cross examination of the teen son is expected to continue Tuesday.

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