The cross-examination of a witness, who can only be identified as AB, will continue Wednesday at the Vancouver Law Courts.
A defence lawyer for Jamie Bacon suggested Tuesday that a key Crown witness was lying when he testified that Bacon was the man’s drug boss around the time another associate was targeted in a shooting.
Lawyer Kevin Drolet directed the witness, who can only be identified as AB due to a court order, to statements he gave to police in 2013 about staying away from Bacon a few years earlier because he was a such a “heat score.”
AB said what he told the officer six years ago was true, but that he still had contact with Bacon because they were in the drug business together at the time.
“There was times when he was very heat-scored and it was detrimental to our shared drug businesses for me to be in his company,” AB explained in cross-examination. “I still had to see the guy because like I said, we had shared common interest in our drug business.”
AB earlier told jurors and B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Wedge that in December 2008, Bacon ordered him and another man who can only be identified as CD to kill their associate Dennis Karbovanec.
They attempted to shoot Karbovanec on a dead-end Mission street on New Year’s Eve in 2008, but the gun jammed and Karbovanec got away, AB testified.
He also said he had been willing to make Karbovanec believe Bacon was not involved in the plot “because Jamie was my boss and a friend at that time.”
Bacon is charged with one count of counselling someone to commit murder in connection with the botched shooting.
At the start of cross-examination Tuesday, Drolet focused on AB’s admitted criminal history that involved not only selling drugs, but also robbing other dealers, carrying firearms, and beating his own workers.
He said AB’s Oxycontin addiction likely led to some of his out-of-control conduct and the decline of his drug business in 2008 and 2009.
“Another problem which I expect was interrelated with your oxy addiction was the fact that you began abusing your workers, didn’t you Mr. AB?” Drolet asked.
Answered AB: “I wouldn’t go as far as to call it abusing them.”
Continued Drolet: “You just beat them, stabbed them, and struck them with pistols.”
“The world I was involved in was a very violent world. And let’s not forget I had to pay someone money so I needed to do what I had to do to get money from them,” AB replied.
Drolet noted that some of AB’s drug line workers started filing “complaints to the police” about him.
Drolet also suggested AB was more successful in the drug trade than Bacon was and told police years earlier that he gave Bacon money as a favour because he wasn’t doing well at the time.
But AB said Tuesday that while he might have done that “at times,” he gave Bacon money regularly as a form of tax on the bulk product he bought from another member of their crew called Kevin LeClair.
“I wouldn’t call it doing him a favour,” AB said of paying Bacon. “I was kicking him up money that was besides the money that we had arranged for the drugs I was getting from Kevin LeClair.”
He agreed with Drolet that he told police he spent more time with Bacon’s brother Jarrod than he did with Bacon.
“We drifted a part a little bit in ’08 and ’09,” AB said of Jamie Bacon.
Drolet called AB “a skillful liar.”
But the witness replied that he was “a liar back then” during his years in the drug trade.
“I am not a liar now,” he said.
The cross-examination of AB will continue Wednesday at the Vancouver Law Courts.