First day of testimony in trial for teen’s murder

The Court of Queen's Bench in Prince Albert, seen from behind the war memorial statue.

As the first witness took the stand in the trial for the murder of Clayton Bear, the Crown sent the jury on a photographic tour of the crime scene.

In his opening statement Thursday, Crown prosecutor Jeff Lubyk said he will call two witnesses that place Orren Johnson and Jordan Herron there, a house on 27 Street East, on the day Bear, 17, died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

He also said he will call a medical examiner who will describe the injuries the Prince Albert teen sustained.

An autopsy, Lubyk told the jury, showed that “Mr. Bear suffered a gunshot wound to the chest cavity that passed through his liver, resulting in massive blood loss and causing his death.”

But Lubyk’s first witness helped him develop another part of his narrative. Staff Sergeant Shawn Stubbs, an officer who worked the case, described what he saw at the house where Bear was shot on April 14, 2014,

To aid the jury, he brought heavy binders full of photographs he took during his investigation – over 450 in all.

For more on this story, please see the Jan. 27 print or e-editions of the Prince Albert Daily Herald.