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Accused in attempted murder trial testifies

Andrew Snow on trial in Red Deer's provincial court

  • Nov. 15, 2016 11:08 p.m.

The trial for a man charged with attempted murder continues in Red Deer’s provincial court.

Andrew Snow, 30, is charged with one count of attempted murder after an incident at his mobile home in September 2015, west of Sylvan Lake.

It is alleged that Snow shot his friend Richard Koehl multiple times after Koehl dropped him off at his residence following a trip to Kelowna on Sept. 17th, 2015.

Snow testified on Tuesday afternoon that after returning to his residence he and Koehl entered Snow’s mobile home and Snow walked to his bedroom where he discovered some of the drawers in the dresser were opened. At the same time, he testified that Koehl yelled from the kitchen that someone had opened the cabinets.

“I then saw someone come out of the bathroom with a black object in his hand and then I ran,” Snow said, adding he told Koehl to get out and he heard the first gun shot when he was nearly out of the mobile home. “I jumped in the car and saw Rick running behind me,” he continued, adding as he was leaving the residence, he saw two men standing on his deck.

Snow added instead of getting inside the vehicle, Koehl ran towards a neighbour’s house and he saw him collapse at a tree line. Snow then headed to Sylvan Lake to his girlfriend’s house.

“It was like a movie, it happened so quick,” Snow said.

Koehl, 34, was the first crown witness to testify in the trial on Monday. He told the court that he first met Snow two years ago through mutual friends.

On Sept. 15th, the pair left for Kelowna as Koehl said he had a family matter there to attend to. He testified that before the trip, they picked up marijuana and some cocaine adding that Snow did cocaine periodically throughout the trip. Snow later testified the purpose of the trip was to purchase cocaine and marijuana.

On Sept. 17th, 2015, between 7:30-8 a.m., Koehl said he was dropping Snow off at his residence after returning home.

“We checked out the house to make sure it was safe and that no one was in there waiting for him (Snow),” said Koehl, adding that Snow seemed, “A little scattered” and assumed he was not sober at the time.

Koehl added that after checking the house, he went to see what Snow was doing.

“He was standing there and shot at me. I saw sparks from the gun and a big hole in me,” he said, adding he was shot four times – once in the abdomen, once in the left forearm, once in the shoulder and once in the back. “I ran and was yelling, ‘No Andrew, no!’

“I never expected to see him there.”

Koehl said he ran to a nearby residence to seek help and heard Snow take off in a vehicle down the driveway.

On Tuesday morning Conner Swain testified that Snow came to his house in Sylvan Lake and seemed upset.

“He was out of breath. He was sweaty. He sat on the couch trying to collect himself. It took him a long time to catch his breath,” Swain testified, adding he offered Snow a shower and some clean clothes to put on.

Swain said Snow told him something bad happened but that he didn’t elaborate and Swain didn’t ask questions because, “The less I know the better, so I don’t end up in places like this (court).”

He added the pair went outside for a cigarette. Swain said he lived next door to Snow’s girlfriend and saw her coming home. Swain invited her into his house and said he let her and Snow talk privately, although he overheard their conversation.

“He said, ‘So and so didn’t make it.’ And she said, ‘What?’,” said Swain, adding they both seemed ‘somber’ during their talk. “Their attitude after that was serious. Once she understood what he meant her tone changed and they left.”

During cross-examination Defense Lawyer Maurice Collard questioned Swain about what Snow had said to him when he arrived at his house that day.

“Did Mr. Snow say to you, ‘I was set up, buddy was shot.’ And you responded, ‘Should I call 911?’”

Swain said he did not recall that being said.

“Would you agree that your memory of the day’s events are a bit unclear?” Collard asked.

Swain responded, “Yes.”

In cross-examination by Crown Prosecutor Ed Ring, Snow was asked why he did not call 911 if he knew his friend had been shot.

“I heard the fire truck and ambulance on my way to Sylvan. I put two and two together. Someone heard the shots – I didn’t feel the need to call 911,” said Snow. “I had a warrant out for my arrest at the time and did not want to go to jail at the time.”

Ring also questioned Snow about his relationship with Koehl and if there was any anomosity between the two.

“We were friends,” said Snow, adding there were others who did not like him and there were altercations between “crews” in the months leading up to the incident. “Sure people don’t like me – a lot of people – different crews and different people in the drug trade.

“I’m a target more than anything. I’m just like any other drug dealer.”

The trial continues in Red Deer’s provincial court.

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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