Robyn Ermine, accused of second-degree murder, hears tape of boyfriend’s death

Prince Albert's Court of Queen's Bench.

A tear rolled down Robyn Laura Ermine’s cheek as she relived the death she’s accused of causing, the death of her former boyfriend, Evan Bear.

Ermine is facing charges of second degree murder for Bear’s death, which occurred on Muskoday First Nation on February 21, 2015. On the first day of her trial Monday, Crown prosecutor Jeff Lubyk stood before 12 jurors and said his case will be “straightforward.”

“You will hear from several witnesses, including Shelinda Vallier, who was present at the time of the offence,” Lubyk said. “She is the Crown’s only eyewitness.”

He told them that he will show that Bear and Ermine were consuming alcohol the previous evening, and into the early morning hours, when an argument broke out.

“The argument became physical,” Lubyk said. “You will hear evidence that Ms. Ermine grabs something off the kitchen counter – the Crown intends to show that it was a knife. She swung two times at Mr. Bear, stabbing Mr. Bear.”

Lubyk said that he will present DNA evidence, blood taken from Ermine’s toe. He will also plans to call a forensic pathologist to describe how Bear died.

“Mr. Bear suffered a stab wound to the neck that cut the subclavian artery, involving massive blood loss, causing death,” Lubyk said he expects the pathologist to say.

He then played two audio recordings. The court heard the voices of a 911 operator and two women. One calls herself “Shelinda.” The other “Laura.”

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