It was an emotional afternoon in the trial of Joshua Petrin, accused of first-degree murder in the death of Lorry Ann Santos.
Santos’ husband Ferdinand took the stand, describing to the court what happened the morning his wife was killed.
He said they were going about their morning routine, eating breakfast around 6 a.m. while their children were still asleep. As Ferdinand moved to the master washroom to get ready for work, Lorry laid back on the bed in the next room with their infant child.
Santos said he didn’t recall hearing the doorbell, but he did hear loud gunshots that sounded as though they were inside the house. After carefully exiting the washroom, he saw the baby was still on the bed, but Lorry wasn’t there.
He told the court with a breaking voice that as he entered the hall, he saw his wife face down and bleeding from a wound in her back. Their oldest daughter Francesca called 9-1-1 as Ferdinand turned Lorry over, trying to get a response.
He didn’t get one.
Police and paramedics arrived, taking Lorry Santos away on a stretcher. Ferdinand tearfully confirmed it was the last time he saw his wife.
She was pronounced dead in hospital at 6:54 a.m. that morning.
Case of bad memory led to wrong address.
Santos was shot to death in a botched White Boy Posse hit. Former gang member T.J. Cromartie had been the intended victim, but the men allegedly ordered by Petrin to commit the murder had the wrong address.
The court heard from the woman who was asked by an acquaintance for that address.
Melissa Star had been involved with a man who lived with Cromartie in Saskatoon. She had a daughter with him and said the relationship ended in a “non-friendly” manner. After he moved to Saskatoon, Star obliged in giving his address to one of his exes. She said she thought nothing of it, as that ex also had children with him and believed that was likely why the ex needed the address.
Star said she knew her ex, and his own ex, had drug debts and were involved with “dangerous people.” She said it was her wish for him to make good on his debts and get away from that world, to protect their daughter.
So she gave the address to his ex as best she could remember: 203 Peterson Crescent.
But that address doesn’t exist.
Instead, gang members who learned of the address began to believe Star had meant 203 Peterson Terrace, where the Santos family had lived for 14 years.
The ex who had communicated with Star had been due in court Wednesday to testify after Ferdinand Santos, but didn’t attend. The judge has issued a warrant for her to appear later this week.
The trial resumes Thursday at 9:30 a.m.