Accused's mother says she saw no blood in home after Charlotte Lafferty was killed

The mother of a Fort Good Hope youth accused of murder testified Wednesday she saw no blood in her house, but another witness contradicted her statement.

Relative says he heard her ask son why he had blood on his hands

A view of the witness box in a Yellowknife courtroom. The mother of a Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., youth accused of first-degree murder in the death of Charlotte Lafferty testified on Wednesday. (Mitchel Wiles/CBC)

The mother of a Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., youth accused of murder testified Wednesday she saw no blood in her house, but another witness contradicted her statement.

Charlotte Lafferty, 23, was found beaten to death the morning of March 22, 2014, near Fort Good Hope's seniors' complex. The accused, who was 17 years old at the time of Lafferty's death, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. His name cannot be published under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The jury trial started last week in N.W.T. Supreme Court in Yellowknife and is expected to continue the rest of this week and next week.

In court on Wednesday, the accused's mother said she drank six or seven beers then took two sleeping pills before going to bed the night before Lafferty was killed.

She said when she awoke the next morning, she checked in her son's room, smelled alcohol and saw him sleeping under a blanket. She said she saw no blood in the house that morning.

But relatives who had unexpectedly dropped by on a return drive to Colville Lake were sleeping in the living room that morning. One of them said he awoke at about 7:30 a.m. and heard the mother ask her son why he had blood on his hands, and why he had been drinking while under a court order not to.

The defence lawyer pointed out that the relative initially told police he hadn't heard anything. The man replied he didn't want to tell the police anything and hadn't wanted to get involved.

The trial continues today.