CALGARY — The opening day of a trial for a man accused of killing an Olds College student last year has begun with surveillance footage showing a truck driving directly into a group of young people.
Jeffery Leinen has admitted he was behind the wheel of the truck that rammed into the crowd outside of the Texas Mickey Bar in the early morning hours of Oct. 29, 2010.
Several people were hit and eighteen-year-old Nicholas Baier died of the injuries he sustained in the incident.
Leinen is accused of second-degree murder and the prosecution says it intends to prove there was intent to harm or kill.
The jury was told Monday that Leinen was angry at having been kicked out of the bar after a fight.
Frank Van Humbeck, Baier’s uncle, was in court on Monday and says it was hard to watch the graphic video.
He says his nephew was studying at the agricultural college so he could take over his family’s ranch when his dad retired.