REGINA – The wife of a 54-year-old Regina man who was killed after allegedly being forced into the trunk of a car says he sometimes would binge drink and smoke marijuana.
Kimberly Nuttall testified Monday at the trial of three men – Joshua Wilson, 26, Johnathon Peepeetch, 26, and Dennis Thompson, 35 – accused of first-degree murder in the death of her husband, Shawn Douglas.
The Crown contends that Douglas met a group of people at a restaurant lounge and went with them to a party, where he was beaten before being forced into a car and driven outside of the city to be killed.
Nuttall says the last time she saw him alive, they were planning a weekend at their cottage.
Nuttall says she wasn’t initially worried when he didn’t respond to her text message, saying it wasn’t uncommon for him to take a long time to get back to her.
Earlier Monday, court watched surveillance videos from an ATM that showed a middle-aged man making withdrawals from Douglas’ account – a man Nuttall testified was her husband.
One witness who can’t be named because of a publication ban told court she lived near the house where the party took place, and awoke at 5:30 a.m. to see six men on the street alongside an SUV and car.
She said she saw a man on the ground and then saw some men pick him up, drag him to the trunk of the car, close it and then leave.
The witness told court she recorded the scene on her cell phone, but said she could not identify any of the accused as being in the video she shot.
A similar story was told by a man who was at the same house. Asked by defence lawyers if his memory of the scene had faded over time, the witness replied: “You just don’t forget something like this.”