Bail granted to Gerald Stanley, man accused in Colten Boushie shooting

Gerald Stanley, the man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, has been granted bail.

54-year-old accused may not possess weapons, must avoid contact with Boushie's family

Gerald Stanley is escorted into the Court of Queen's Bench in Battleford for a bail hearing on Thursday. (Don Somers/CBC)

Gerald Stanley, the man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, has been granted bail.

The 54-year-old accused entered a not guilty plea at North Battleford court on Thursday before being transported to the Court of Queen's Bench in Battleford for a bail hearing. 

After hearing nearly two hours of arguments, judge Neil Gabrielson's decision was released early Friday evening, setting Stanley's bail at $10,000 and containing a number of conditions.

Stanley must stay within 6.4 kilometres of his home property, and have no direct contact with the family of Colten Boushie or any witnesses to the incident. He must also not travel within 32 kilometres of the Red Pheasant First Nation — where Boushie was from.

The accused also must not possess any weapons and enrol in the electronic monitoring program. 

Defence lawyer Scott Spencer said the decision was not a legal victory, just procedure.

"The family is pleased with the decision," Spencer said shortly after it was released.

"This decision allows us to properly prepare his defence."

Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Vice-Chief Kimberly Jonathan has asked for people not to retaliate.

"Again this isn't the result we wanted but I am calling for calmness and peace in the face of what feels like injustice," Jonathan said. She advised community members to "take the high road and keep peace."

More than 200 people rallied outside the courthouses during Stanley's appearances on Thursday, calling for "justice for Colten."

Boushie was a passenger in a car with four other people when he was shot and killed on Aug. 9 on a farm near Biggar, Sask. His family says the group was going to ask for help with a flat tire.

His death has sparked racially charged exchanges online, leading to statements of condemnation from Premier Brad Wall, NDP interim leader Trent Wotherspoon and the National Farmers Union.

Stanley makes his next court appearance Sept. 13.

Outside the court, as Gerald Stanley made his first appearance, people rallied for an end to racism in Saskatchewan. (CBC)