PORT HAWKESBURY, Nova Scotia, June 24 (UPI) -- A missing Canadian fisherman was shot and run over by a boat as he sat in his disabled boat, one of three men charged in the murder case allegedly confessed.
While the body of Phillip Boudreau, 43, of Cape Breton hasn't been recovered since his overturned boat was found at the mouth of Petit-de-Grat harbor in Nova Scotia June 1, three members of the crew from the lobster boat Twin Maggies face second-degree murder charges.
The (Halifax) Chronicle Herald reported a Port Hawkesbury provincial court judge Monday ordered James Joseph Landry, 65, of Little Anse, who did not yet have an attorney, to return to return to court July 22. The judge set a preliminary hearing for the same day for Craig Landry, 40, of Petit-de-Grat. Dwayne Matthew Samson, 43, of D'Escousse will have a bail hearing July 4.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday investigation documents it obtained reveal James Landry told the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after his arrest June 8 that Boudreau was killed for mocking them while he cut their trapping lines.
In the documents, Landry alleged Boudreau had cut as many as 30 trap lines earlier in the season and when the crew of the Twin Maggies spotted him in a small motor boat cutting more lines June 1 they headed toward him.
Landry told investigators Boudreau waved a knife in the air, apparently mocking them as he had done a day earlier at a convenience store.
Landry allegedly said the gesture with the knife angered him and he had Craig Landry, whose relationship was not reported, load and give him a Winchester 30-30 rifle kept on the boat to shoot seals found damaging gear.
Landry said as Samson, his son-in-law, drove the Twin Maggies toward Boudreau's smaller boat, he began firing at Boudreau, whose motor failed as he tried to get away. Landry said he shot Boudreau, knocking him over on his side in the boat, and kept firing several times, possibly hitting Boudreau again.
Landry said the Twin Maggies then ran over Boudreau's boat twice.
He allegedly turned over the rifle he used to police, who were having it tested to determine if it is the same gun used to fire to a bullet found in Boudreau's overturned boat.
The CBC said other fishermen in Petit-de-Grat claimed Boudreau had been cutting lines as part of a long-standing territorial dispute.