The brother of fatal shooting victim Jesse George said his sibling went to a boarding house in southeast Calgary to pick up a litter of puppies.
But Dwayne Crazyboy said when they arrived at the home of accused killer Martin Wallace Yuen, his brother was told he was not welcome there.
Under cross-examination by defense attorney Rebecca Snukal, Crazyboy agreed that Yuen repeatedly told George to leave.
“The first thing you hear him say is something to the effect of, ‘get the (expletive) out of my house, you’re not allowed to be here?’ ” asked Snukal.
“Yeah,” Crazyboy replied.
“Do you keep saying that over and over and over and over again?”
“Yeah,” Crazyboy said.
But the witness said he was confused by Yuen’s reaction to their presence, as he believed he and his brother had already talked about them picking up a litter of puppies at home.
“That’s the part I didn’t get,” Crazyboy said.
The witness agreed with Snukal that his brother initially refused to leave the residence, but he was not aggressive.
“He didn’t go there looking for a fight or anything like that,” he said.
“Just stand his man.”
Crazyboy said George was just making sure they got the puppies before they went home.
He admitted that his brother pulled out a knife after they entered the residence that evening and sat down in the living room.
“It was just a little pocketknife,” Crazyboy said.
And George wasn’t intimidated, even when he saw the gun that eventually killed him.
“He wasn’t afraid of the gun?” asked Snukal.
“In my eyes, no, he didn’t look like that.”
But he said regardless of his brother’s intention to be in the residence, he didn’t deserve what ended up happening to him.
“No gun should ever have been involved. Nobody should have died that night,” he said.
“He doesn’t need to use a gun.”
Crazyboy said there was no need, even if the occupants of the house were intimidated by the pocket knife.
“There’s an old saying, ‘never bring a gun to a knife fight,’ and we weren’t there for a fight.”
He said he did not remember Yuen saying anything when he handed the firearm to Tabler.