Trial begins in 2015 Saskatoon homicide case

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Trial begins in 2015 Saskatoon homicide case
WATCH ABOVE: A man accused of second-degree murder in the 2015 stabbing death of a Saskatoon man has his case heard by the court. Joel Senick has day one of the jury trial – Jun 13, 2016

A jury of eight women and four men is expected to decide this month if Michael Robertson, 29, is guilty of second-degree murder in the March 2015 stabbing death of 42-year-old Rocky Genereaux in Saskatoon.

On Monday, the jury heard the Crown’s opening statement and first two witnesses. A number of onlookers in the gallery broke down in tears while the 911 call was played for the court.

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Genereaux was stabbed at a home in the 400-block of Avenue I South during a dispute over a cell phone, according to the Crown. Robertson and Nicole Paddy allegedly fled the scene after the incident and were arrested the following month.

Paddy was sentenced last March after pleading guilty to accessory after the fact to aggravated assault.

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The Crown’s first two witnesses were members of the Saskatoon Police Service.

Sgt. Lorne Keen attended to the scene hours after the incident and testified that the house was “in disarray,” with a number of cats roaming the premises and drug paraphernalia in one of the bedrooms.

Keen took the jury through a number of photos from the scene, and described blood stains he found on the wall in Genereaux’s bedroom and on a seat cushion, among other areas.

The trial is expected to continue Tuesday morning.

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