Joshua Petrin arranged for guns to be delivered to two men who are now serving life sentences for the killing of Lorry Santos, according to a witness who testified Thursday at Petrin’s murder trial.
Colton Menard told court he sold cocaine for the White Boy Posse gang in 2012.
He testified that Perrin was his boss.
Menard testified that sometime during the summer of 2012, he was ordered to come back from Inuvik to take over the White Boy Posse’s cocaine sales in Lloydminster.
He said Trevor Cromartie, known as T.J., had been running the operation before he fled the gang.
Menard told court Petrin was incensed at Cromartie’s departure, viewing it as a betrayal.
As a high-level operative of the White Boy Posse’s drug business, Petrin also feared what Cromartie might share with police, according to Menard.
“He told me there was $40,000 on (T.J.’s) head, and we had to get him, or he could take us down for conspiracy,” Menard said.
He said Petrin regularly asked him if he knew where T.J. was, offering to help secure Menard full membership in the gang if he killed him.
Some time later, Menard said he got an encrypted message from Petrin on a BlackBerry he used for the drug business.
He said Petrin relayed that they’d found T.J. in Saskatoon.
Menard testified that some time after sending that message, Petrin ordered him to organize a driver to bring three pistols from Edmonton to Lloydminster and to then get two of those guns to Randy O’Hagan.
He said O’Hagan and Petrin went to Saskatoon days before the Santos shooting.
O’Hagan was convicted in 2014 for his role in the Lorry Santos murder.
In that trial, it came out he and a second gunman who pleaded guilty had gotten Lorry Santos’ address by mistake.
The 34-year-old mother of four was killed when O’Hagan rang her doorbell and then unloaded a .40-calibre Glock pistol through the front bay window of the home, with the second gunman firing at the side of the house.
Menard testified when Petrin returned from Saskatoon, he ordered O’Hagan’s drug debt of around $8,000 be erased.
Petrin’s trial is set to resume Friday and is scheduled to run through next week.