7:30 a.m., Feb. 20)
make final arguments in Scott Ledoux stabbing death trial
By Fred Sherwin
The jury will begin deliberating today in
an effort to determine a verdict in the March
18th stabbing death of Orléans resident
Scott Ledoux. Ben Taylor is facing a second
degree murder charge. File photo
on whose version of events you believe the an accused
of stabbing 22-year-old Scott Ledoux to death at a St.
Patrick's Day Party last year was either trying to protect
himself from a savage beating, or out to inflict maximum
damage on an uninvited party-crasher.
his closing statement to the five-member jury, defence
lawyer Patrick McCann said his client, Ben Taylor, felt
he had no choice but to try and fend Ledoux off with a
steak knife when he was getting rained down with blows
from the bigger man.
testified that the two men got into a fist fight when
Taylor asked Ledoux to leave his Cousineau Street basement
apartment shortly after midnight on March 18.
one point Ledoux, who was four years older than Taylor,
got on top of him and was repeatedly punching him in the
face and head when Taylor reached into his pocket for
the knife and stabbed him several times in the side.
used the only means that were available to him to defend
himself, the knife, said McCann. He
didnt have to sit there getting pounded and pounded
and pounded and hope he escaped with his life. Hes
entitled to use whatever force is necessary to repel the
now 20, testified he never wanted to kill Ledoux and jabbed
the knife blindly, terrified and just wanting the blows
Crown Attorney Robert Wadden painted a different picture
of the circumstances leading up to the stabbing. He argued
Taylor, who had been drinking and was angry that Ledoux
had crashed the party and trashed his apartment, retrieved
the knife from the kitchen determined to use it if Ledoux
witness testified to hearing Taylor say he was going to
get Ledoux, another that hed stab him if he didnt
get out and a third that hed do something hed
regret if the party-crashers didn't leave.
argued that Taylor stabbed Ledoux seven times while the
two men were struggling on their feet, not on the ground
as some witness have testified.
Taylor had no reasonable basis for thinking this unarmed
man -- this drunk, unarmed man -- was going to kill him
or cause him any injury beyond bruises and scratches,
Wadden said. Anyone would know that stabbing a man
in the chest four times with a knife this big is likely
to cause his death,
of the stab wounds pierced Ledoux's heart, killing him
jury is expected to begin deliberations today.
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