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Shuswap man found not guilty in fatal Blind Bay shooting

August 20, 2018 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Shuswap man could have faced a life sentence, but instead has been acquitted of a second-degree murder charge connected to a shooting death in the Blind Bay area.

Jeremy Davis was found not guilty in the case last week, according to court documents. The reasons for the decision from the Supreme Court Justice overseeing the trial has not yet been made public.

Nicholas Larsen was shot and killed on Blind Bay Road, just outside of Salmon Arm, back in June 2011. Jordan Barnes shot and killed Larsen and was sentenced to life in prison without parole for at least 10 years.

In his original testimony, Barnes said he didn't know there was a gun in the truck Davis was driving that night until Davis pulled in front of Larsen's vehicle and slammed on the brakes, pushing the gun from under the seat to near Barnes's feet.

But Larsen testified in Davis's trial that he wanted to do the "right thing" by coming forward and clearing Davis's name, stating that Davis had no idea Barnes had actually brought the gun into the vehicle.

At the time of his testimony, Barnes said he couldn't recall all of the events from the early morning hours of June 1, 2011, because he was intoxicated. He told the court he changed his evidence because he had stopped taking methadone and Lyrica, and was able to recall more events.

During the trial Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan questioned Barnes's motivation for changing his story, including that Barnes could be scared of Davis if he was found guilty and sent to the same institution.

The evening leading up to Larsen's death involved an altercation between him and Barnes, court heard, and after that Barnes called Davis to "rant to him" about what happened. Davis went to Barnes's home to try and calm him down and eventually decided to go for a drive. A short time later, they spotted the vehicle Larsen was in.

Court heard Davis pulled in front of the vehicle Larsen was in and slammed on the brakes. Barnes then got out of the vehicle and shot at the car, and said in his testimony that once he started firing he believed Davis was trying to drive away, so he hopped back into the vehicle.

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