Before 58-yr-old Roger Bilodeau was charged with two counts of next-diploma murder in the capturing deaths of a pair of Métis hunters, he was interviewed 2 times on the same working day by RCMP.
For the duration of the to start with police interview on March 31, 2020, Bilodeau professed his innocence. This was just a few times following the shootings.
Three several hours later, he went to the Bonnyville RCMP detachment and instructed an officer a much unique tale about his part in the fatalities of Jacob Sansom and Maurice Cardinal. Sansom, 39, and Cardinal, 57, have been located dead on a rural highway in close proximity to Glendon, northeast of Edmonton in March 2020.
Bilodeau’s son Anthony, 33, is also on trial in Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench for two counts of second-diploma murder.
The accused’s legal professionals have told the jury that they acted in self-defence.
Throughout the initially interview with Sgt. Christian Reister, Roger Bilodeau mentioned he’d in no way experienced any split-ins or issues with poachers on his rural residence just outside the house the village of Glendon, about 215 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.
The officer suggested the shootings could have been “fully justifiable.”
“I sympathize with what rural persons are likely as a result of with crime,” Reister reported. “I get that any person reveals up to steal your stuff that you worked tough for… I get how sometimes you can find even gunplay.”
Bilodeau explained he definitely hadn’t viewed anything at all on the night the two men ended up shot just a several kilometres absent from his property.
I have absolutely nothing to hide.– Roger Bilodeau
“I never know what is going on here,” Bilodeau informed the officer. “I have practically nothing to conceal.”
When the officer confirmed him a image of the two victims, Bilodeau explained he failed to figure out them. He agreed to get a polygraph.
Reister questioned, “Did you shoot these men and women?”
Bilodeau claimed, “No,” without having any hesitation.
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Three several hours afterwards, the father of 9 sat on a chair in the corner of a mobile block job interview room at the Bonnyville RCMP detachment.
Bilodeau admitted that when he saw truck lights in his garden, he and his 16-yr-previous son jumped into his truck to give chase. Even even though it was March, he didn’t cease to set on a coat.
“That is when I identified as my other son,” Bilodeau told the officer in the videotaped interview, referring to Anthony. “[I] reported these sons of bitches are likely to steal or do one thing.”
The jury has already heard that Bilodeau informed Anthony to deliver a gun.
Bilodeau claimed when the hunters’ car stopped at an intersection, he pulled his truck in front.
“I was gonna back again up and smoke him,” Bilodeau said. “Simply because I was frigging mad.”
He mentioned just one of the hunters started beating on his passenger aspect window, attempting to pull the 16-calendar year-outdated out of the truck.
“The other man came above to my side,” Bilodeau stated. “He ripped my shirt and he stated, ‘Let’s eliminate these motherf—kers.’
“The other dude mentioned, ‘I’ll get a knife. I am going to get rid of the two of them.'”
Surveillance online video taken from a gasoline plant digital camera found at that intersection showed Anthony Bilodeau showing up two minutes immediately after the vehicles stopped.
“He shot the 1 dude,” Bilodeau mentioned. “Then he blasted the other man.”
“Do you know how numerous periods he shot?” Reister asked.
“Two for certain,” Bilodeau stated, then laughed.
He stated he was in shock at what had just transpired following the taking pictures.
“I instructed Anthony we should cellphone the RCMP and he said, ‘Dad, let’s not do just about anything.'”
Bilodeau claimed he didn’t convey to his spouse about it right until the subsequent morning. When he discovered what occurred, he stated she informed him to contact the RCMP.
“You know, we are Catholic,” Bilodeau mentioned as he appeared to struggle back again tears. “So we claimed prayers.”
“At some place you have bought to forgive on your own much too, appropriate?” Reister mentioned as he praised Bilodeau for owning the bravery to appear forward.
The rest of the video clip will be played for the jury on Friday early morning.