SASKATOON — A Saskatchewan judge is to rule on whether the media can broadcast parts of the trial of a farmer charged in the fatal shooting of an Indigenous man.
Gerald Stanley is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie.
The 22-year-old was shot in August 2016 on a farm near Biggar, Sask., in a case that has inflamed racial tensions.
Five media companies — CTV, CBC, Global News, Postmedia and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network — have applied to record and broadcast parts of the trial.
Arguments made in court Tuesday on the request are under a publication ban.
Stanley’s trial in Battleford, Sask., is scheduled to begin Jan. 29.
He has pleaded not guilty and is out on bail.
Details from a preliminary hearing in April are under a publication ban, but it is known that Boushie was shot and killed while riding in an SUV that went onto a farm.
Chief Justice Martel Popescul of Saskatchewan’s Court of Queen’s Bench is to preside over the trial. (CTV Saskatoon, The Canadian Press)
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