Testifying at the first-degree murder trial of Josh Petrin, Karissa Dow, 24, told jurors she dated Petrin from 2010 to November 2012 culminating in the birth of their daughter following his arrest.
Dow testified that Petrin, 33, revealed to her that he was a “patched” member and a “boss” with the “drug-dealing” White Boy Posse street gang and said he has a WBP tattoo on his arm.
Dow told the jury that she and Petrin — who is accused of directing the Sept. 25, 2012, slaying of Bryan Gower, 35 — had met with White Boy Posse affiliate Kyle Halbauer just outside of Lloydminster two or three days before the deadly shooting.
Dow testified Petrin walked into some bushes off of a gravel road near Sandy Beach and spent about 10 minutes there while she and Halbauer, 26, drove up and down the road in separate vehicles.
She told jurors that Petrin got into Halbauer’s car “with something black” after coming out of the bushes and said he was in the vehicle for 10 to 15 minutes before emerging without anything in his hands.
Dow testified she had been at the same spot before when Petrin moved a “duffel bag” he told her contained “guns” there from another location. She added she never actually saw any guns.
Crown prosecutor Jeff Rudiak later asked Dow about the “black box” she had seen Petrin with at the time, but she told him she was unable to describe it any further.
Under cross-examination, Dow told defence lawyer Markham Silver that she never saw Petrin hand anything to Halbauer and agreed she does not know what he might have given him. She also agreed that drugs were sometimes stashed in the same places where guns were.
Dow also said in cross-examination that she was pressured to speak with the RCMP and told jurors that one Mountie threatened to have her jailed and to have her newborn baby taken away.
She clarified to Rudiak that the officer told her after Petrin’s arrest that they could take away her child. She also said the officer told her friends she was going to deliver the baby while in jail. She added her daughter was never taken away and she was never charged.
Halbauer earlier told the jury that he and fellow gang affiliate Randy O’Hagan had ambushed Gower after luring him to a supposed drug deal and he had shot Gower in the head with a .357 Magnum. Court has heard both men are serving life sentences for the murder.
Halbauer also testified that O’Hagan had been armed with an AR-10 assault rifle, which he said had been in a case that Petrin had showed him in the back of his car during a meeting several days earlier.
As well, Halbauer told jurors that Petrin had directed in encrypted BlackBerry messages that Gower be killed for causing problems for drug runners with the gang, although he conceded that the supposed instructions simply said to “teach him a lesson.”
This testimony may not benefit the crown for it shows the tatics police use to get a statement. police freally neecd to learn better skills then their thug ones which the R.C.M.P love to use but few have the intestinal fortatude to testify on the stand of their abuse.