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Each man is accused of 40 assault and weapons charges, including pointing a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence, as well as uttering threats and mischief.
Jordan Ramos, Jordan Reno and Joshua Toth all sat in the defendant’s box, while Calvin Gunning sat outside, no longer in custody. One of the accused, Jeremy Jondreau, was noticeably missing, without mention from the court.
All of the accused and their charges will be decided in this one trial by Judge O’Byrne. That means the front of the court room is packed, with a lawyer for each defendant, as well as the Crown Counsel.
The proceedings began this morning with testimony from a young woman who was at the party on July 25, 2010. Danelle Greyeyes testified that earlier in the night she got in a short altercation with one of the accused, Calvin Gunnings, but only saw him once after. She did not report seeing any of the others named at the party.
Later in the night, after being told that her brother had been knocked out, she testified that while running towards his truck someone came running towards her and hit her in the jaw with a baton. Greyeyes said she had heard a female scream, and hearing her brother had been hit, she assumed the person was running away from the party. She also testified that she did not recognize her assailant, and could not see their face, saying only that they were wearing a white sweater.
In addition, Greyeyes said $1200 of damage was made to her vehicle, including the windshield, passenger window, side mirror and grill.
The witness was one of the over 30 subpoenaed to appear in court, the majority of which are in their twenties and live in reserves and small communities around Fort St. John.
The defendants were better behaved than the last time they were in court, when they were seen making gestures at witnesses. Greyeyes noticeably focused all of her gaze towards the Crown prosecutor and the judge, avoiding the middle of the room.
The trial will continue later this afternoon and throughout this week, and dates for a third week will be set.
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