The attempted murder trial of Benjamin Nason continues today.
'One or both of us will die tonight.'—What victim alleges Nason said to her before she was shot
The 38-year-old from Beaver Dam, N.B. is accused of trying to kill a 40-year-old woman from Fredericton in connection with a shooting in Lincoln Heights area in January.
Nason was arrested on Jan. 29 after he fled following a 14-hour standoff at his parents' home in Beaver Dam. He was located about 16 kilometres away from the scene of the shooting.
According to police testimony, Nason wrote a note and left it by the rifle that said, "Woman is the root of all evil."
The victim suffered a single gunshot wound to her upper body and was taken to hospital for surgery.
Nason pleaded not guilty on Monday.
Crown prosecutor Darlene Blunston told the jury that over the course of the trial, the Crown’s witnesses will detail what happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 29.
Blunston said the victim answered her door around 1:30 a.m. that morning. The Crown said she saw Nason standing there with a rifle and told her "one or both of us will die tonight."
The Crown also told the jury that the victim will recount how she eventually struggled away from Nason and fled to a neighbour’s house.
Over the course of the trial, Blunston said the victim will testify that she had met the accused in 2009 when he came to work on her house, said the Crown.
The Crown said the victim and the accused eventually had an intimate relationship but Nason’s nature started to change in 2012
Police said in January the victim and suspect knew each other, but were not a couple.
The victim often bowed her head during Monday’s proceedings. She wears a heavy metal brace on her arm and shoulder.
The trial is expected to last two weeks.