The boyfriend of Jeanenne Fontaine testified Wednesday he was selling drugs out of the home where she was shot, and that he was on the hook for a drug deal gone wrong just two weeks before she died.
Monte Bull was in Court of Queen’s Bench for the fourth day of the trial for Christopher Brass and Jason Meilleur, who have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges in Fontaine’s death.
On March 14, 2017, Jeanenne Fontaine was shot in the back of the head inside her home on Aberdeen Avenue near Salter Street. The house was then set on fire.
She was pulled from the burning building but died in hospital the following day.
Bull, who spoke in a low, raspy voice, told the court that he sometimes sold drugs out of Fontaine’s home on Aberdeen Avenue when they were seeing each other.
About two weeks prior to Fontaine’s death, Bull said he got a call from a man he knew named Jay about how someone who worked for Bull had been selling fake drugs out of the house.
He said he later learned the drugs had been sold to Jay’s girlfriend. Bull said he told Jay he would “take care of it,” and paid back about half the debt, which was worth about 17 points of methamphetamine.
A point of methamphetamine is usually worth about $10 on the street.
Boyfriend thought debt was ‘squashed’
Bull said there was no discussion about when he would pay off the rest of the debt, and said Jay’s girlfriend later told him not to worry about it when he ran into her, so he thought the debt was “squashed.”
When Crown prosecutor Geoffrey Bayly asked Bull if he would be able to recognize Jay, Bull said he had only seen him in the dark, wearing a hoodie.
On Tuesday, the victim’s brother, Vincent Fontaine, told the court that on the morning his sister was shot, three men came to the home, asking for Bull.
When Fontaine told the trio that Bull wasn’t there, they went to talk to Jeanenne instead, he told the jury.
Not long after, when he was in the kitchen, Fontaine said he heard a gunshot, then saw one of the men come into the kitchen and dump garbage on their stovetop.
Bull was brought into court Thursday from Stony Mountain Penitentiary. He was supposed to have testified Wednesday, but refused to come in.
When defence lawyer Theo Mariash asked why, Bull said he “didn’t see the point, because I wasn’t there.”
Bull also gave conflicting testimony about whether or not Jay pointed a gun at him, at first saying that he did, but then under cross-examination saying he didn’t.
Meilleur is being represented by defence lawyers Mariash and Trang Ly, while Brass is being defended by Tara Walker and Mitch Mraovic. Bayly and prosecutor Michael Desautels are representing the Crown.
On Monday, the first day of the trial, Bayly said the Crown intends to prove that Brass and Meilleur went to Fontaine’s home that day with a third man, Malcolm Miles Mitchell, to try to collect a drug debt owed by her boyfriend.
They thought the boyfriend would be at the home, but when he wasn’t, the trio tried to rob Jeanenne Fontaine, Bayly told the court. It was during the course of the robbery that Fontaine was shot, Bayly alleged.