A man standing trial for attempted murder told the court he had nothing to do with a shotgun shooting last year that caused a gruesome injury to a man.Jacob Charles Badger, 26, took the stand on Tuesday at his trial at Regina Provincial Court, stating he hadn’t so much as handled a gun for as much as a year prior to the incident.During the Crown’s case, which began last month, court heard emergency crews responded to a 9-1-1 call from the shooting victim’s mother shortly after 3:20 a.m. on April 10, 2018.The 32-year-old complainant had been the victim of a shotgun blast. The man reported two masked men — one armed with a double-barrelled shotgun — turned up at the door of his house on the 1900 block of Winnipeg Street.The complainant sustained a number of buckshot wounds to his chest and legs, but the most significant injury was to his right hand, inflicted when he grabbed the gun.In a case resting solely on the issue of identity, the complainant’s testimony provided little assistance. He told the court he was too drunk to recall the key parts of the incident.But other evidence heard at trial suggested otherwise. During the 9-1-1 call, a voice reportedly belonging to the complainant is heard replying, “Jake from State Farm,” after his mother asked who shot him. Court heard “Jake from State Farm” is a nickname for Badger.Police witnesses also testified on the identity issue, two officers telling the court the complainant identified Badger as “the guy who shot me” when he caught sight of Badger at the scene. At the time, Badger was already in police custody — a fact his defence lawyer Tyne Hagey suggested might have influenced the complainant’s identification.Badger told the court he spent the hours before the shooting back and forth between the Winnipeg Street house and his own, approximately two blocks away. He said he was a daily user of crystal meth and morphine at the time and was injecting morphine with a friend at the Winnipeg Street house.He said he left for home at about 3 a.m. and was shocked to receive a message from the complainant’s brother telling him about the shooting.“I didn’t believe him because I just left from there …,” Badger said. “I wanted to go over there to see if (the complainant) was okay.”He said he returned to the Winnipeg Street house and was promptly arrested.Badger said he had no bad blood with the complainant and denied even being at the house when the man was shot.Under cross-examination, he refuted what police said they heard, claiming the complainant had actually looked at Badger and said, “Your bro shot me.”Badger added he hadn’t handled a gun since 2017, although court heard “particles characteristic of gunshot residue” were found on his hands.Hagey had considered calling several other witnesses on her client’s behalf, but they weren’t at court when the time came to call them.Both sides having now closed their cases, closing arguments were set for Sept. 24.hpolischuk@postmedia.comtwitter.com/LPHeatherP

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