Trial starts in case of men accused of killing Métis hunters in rural Alberta

A jury trial began in Edmonton Monday for a man and his son who are accused of killing two Métis hunters.

Roger Bilodeau and his son Anthony Bilodeau are each charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Family and friends of the victims, Jake Sansom and his uncle Maurice Cardinal, have said the two were out moose hunting when they were found dead on a rural road near Glendon, northeast of Edmonton, in March 2020.

They had both been shot.

Both accused have pleaded not guilty.

Opening statements started in the afternoon and the prosecution was able to start its case.

RCMP have said a verbal confrontation escalated into a fight between people in different vehicles.

The trial is expected to last 10 days at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton.

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