(Updated 6:30 a.m., Feb. 5)
hears conflicting opening statements in Scott Ledoux stabbing
By Fred Sherwin
Taylor as pictured in an undated photo (left),
and a photo taken the same night Scott Ledoux
was stabbed to death in Taylor's Cousineau
Street apartment in the early morning hours
on March 18, 2011. File photo
the opening day of the Scott Ledoux murder trial is any
indication, the jury will have their work cut out for
them in trying to come up with a verdict.
was stabbed eight times and was killed while attending
a house party on Cousineau Street in Orléans on
St. Patrick's Day 2011,
on whose version of events you believe the accused, Benjamin
Andrew Taylor, was either a host trying to protect himself
from a belligerent, drunken party crasher, or himself
an intoxicated party host thrown into a rage after his
apartment was trashed.
were the two positions laid out by the prosecution and
the defence un their opening statements on Monday.
his opening statement to the jury, defence lawyer Ewan
Lyttle described Taylor as a skinny, scrawny 18-year-old,
was defending himself against Ledoux, who was both bigger
and stronger than Taylor and was very drunk and
had cocaine in his system, an autopsy later found.
to Lyttle's retelling of events, Taylor had asked Ledoux
to leave several times during the party. They exchanged
blows at least twice before the final fatal encounter
and each time Ledoux refused to leave the basement apartment.
went on to argue that Ledouxs friends egged
him on, leading him to attack Taylor in his
own home, forcing him to defend himself.
Crown Attorney Robert Wadden laid out a much different
chain of events. He told the jury that Taylor had left
his own party for a few hours after becoming angry. When
he came back the apartment was in a shambles and his belongings
had been damaged and broken. That is when he began ordering
people to leave, singling out people he didn't know including
Ledoux refused, Taylor allegedly punched him in the face
and they began to fight. After others jumped in to break
up the fight, Taylor went to the kitchen and grabbed a
said at least one witness heard Taylor mutter, "I'm
going to stab that guy."
no one saw Taylor actually stab Ledoux, he did so eight
times including once in the heart. After a number of friends
wrestled the two combatants apart Ledoux lifted his shirt
up saying, "That guy just stabbed me", and collapsed.
the incident, Taylor left his apartment and went to stay
with his girlfriend. He turned himself in the following
day after he learned Ledoux had died .
the prosecution and the defence plan to call several witnesses
to the stand to prove their respective positions. The
trial continues today.
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