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Phillip Boudreau 'murder for lobster' trial wraps with charge to jury

11/28/2014 08:52 EST | Updated 01/28/2015 05:59 EST
The judge presiding over the "murder for lobster" trial in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., will give his instructions to the jury today.

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury heard final arguments Thursday afternoon in the second-degree murder trial of Joseph James Landry, 67, a crew member of the lobster boat Twin Maggies.

He has pleaded not guilty to killing Phillip Boudreau, 43, of Petit-de-Grat, but the Crown says this was a case of "murder for lobster." Boudreau's body has not been found.

Prosecutor Shane Russell said Landry told police he had been pushed to the limit, and wanted to “cripple” and “destroy” Boudreau if he got the chance and “let the crabs eat him.”

When Landry saw Boudreau that morning and suspected him of cutting traps, that was the opportunity to get rid of him, the prosecutor said.

In a recorded interview with police, Landry said he had fired four shots at Boudreau's boat and then told the captain of the fishing vessel the Twin Maggies to ram Boudreau’s boat.

But Landry's lawyer, Luke Craggs, told jurors Thursday that all four shots hit the boat and Landry had simply wanted to scare Boudreau, who court has heard was cutting lobster traps.

Landry said he made his story up to protect other crew members.

"I wanted to cover for my son-in-law and Craig," he said to a police officer after swearing on a Bible.

His son-in-law, Dwayne Matthew Samson, the captain of the Twin Maggies, is also charged with second-degree murder.

His wife, Carla Samson, owner of the lobster boat and Joseph James Landry's daughter, faces a charge of accessory after the fact. Craig Landry, a third cousin of Joseph James Landry, is charged with accessory after the fact.

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