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Trial begins for Rutland man charged with stabbing his friend to death in 2016

Chad Colton Alphonse, 28, is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with the stabbing death of Waylon Percy Junior Jackson in March 2016.
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KELOWNA – The murder trial of a man accused of killing a friend in Rutland two years ago starts in Kelowna this week.

Chad Colton Alphonse, 28, is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing to death 26-year-old Waylon Percy Jr. Jackson on March 11, 2016.

RCMP found Jackson unresponsive in a pool of his own blood at a house on Gerstmar Road around 9:45 p.m. Alphonse was arrested a short distance from the scene of the stabbing.

The victim’s mother Kristine Whiskeyjack learned of her son’s death through Waylon's girlfriend and mother of their then one-month-old daughter. She told Waylon’s father Percy what happened.

“I was devastated,” Percy said. “My son was my hero.”

He described Waylon, named after Percy’s favourite singer Waylon Jennings, as a natural leader who worked hard to keep the family together. He’d organize family barbecues and was always there in times of crisis.

“He used to cheer me and my wife up all the time when we were down or hurt,” he said. “He was always there to give us a hug or support us. We’re a closer family because of him. He always knew what to do.”

Waylon was the oldest of three brothers and grew up in Good Fish Lake, Alta., but followed work to St. Paul and Edmonton. He had only been in Kelowna a few months when he died.

"My son was a hard worker,” Percy said. “He has never been on welfare. He didn’t like handouts. He wanted to do it on his own."

Police have not released any information about the altercation, saying only that Waylon died as a result of blood loss.

"I love both boys," Alphonse's grandmother-in-law Rita Durett says. "This is such a tragedy for both families."

Jury selection began today, March 5, and the trial is scheduled to begin this week.

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