Defence lawyer alleges Sask murder witness paid $15,000 by police

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A defence lawyer in aSaskatoon murder trial says the Crown and police paid at least one witness to take the stand. Brian Pfefferle says a witness in the trial of Joshua Petrin was paid $2,500 before the trial and may receive another $12,500 when it concludes.

He says the move sets a dangerous precedent for future cases.

Petrin is charged with first-degree murder in the 2012 death of Lorry Ann Santos, a mother who was shot and killed inside her home.

Police say she was gunned down by members of an Alberta gang called the White Boy Posse who targeted the wrong house.

The Saskatoon Police Service and Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice say they won’t comment on Pfefferle’s allegation until the trial is over. Closing arguments in the case are to be heard on Wednesday.

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