UPDATE: Fredericks trial gets underway

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Kentville Justice Centre

The first witness has given testimony in the trial of a Kings County man, 22-year-old Kyle Fredericks, of Somerset, who is charged with criminal negligence causing death and trafficking hydromorphone.    


Brittany Balcom was the girlfriend of Joshua Graves, who died in March 2011 after allegedly mixing hydromorphone and rum at a Berwick party. She testified Graves was at the party, but said she didn't suspect Graves had taken drugs until they had arrived home to her house later.    

  She said Graves could walk when they got a drive home from the party and could talk but wasn't making much sense.    


"When we left I thought he was really, really drunk," she said.    


She later thought Graves might be on drugs. He was very pale and his pupils were small.    


Balcom said her and Graves had sex before they went to bed and he was able to perform.


She left him to sleep downstairs and went to work the next morning. She later texted someone to check on Graves. Balcom called 911 and rushed home. She said the quart bottle of rum he had the night of the party was still half full and sat in her fridge untouched for about a year before she gave it to police as part of their investigation.    


Balcom said she wasn't aware of Graves taking any other drugs or drinking any other alcohol the night of the house party.



UPDATE - Jan. 8, 11:15 a.m.


A second witness, Aaron Robicheaud, has given testimony. Robicheaud hosted the Berwick house party. However, the contents of his testimony are included in a voir dire and cannot be reported on until after the judge rules if it is admissable or not.    


The trial is expected to last until Jan. 10. Keep checking back at www.kingscountynews.ca for updates as they become available. 

Geographic location: Kings

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