By TRACY MCLAUGHLIN, SPECIAL TO SUN MEDIA
BARRIE -- Jury members squirmed and shuffled in their seats yesterday as they looked upon a murder weapon that was used to bash in the head of a white supremacist skinhead as he lay sleeping after a drunken party.
The weapon -- a wooden baseball bat which was fondly called a "nigger stick" by its skinhead owner, Vaughn Newman -- was engraved with symbols connected to Hitler's teachings and the words "Full out hate."
The trial is delving into the death of Stephen Long, 22, of Ottawa, who was beaten to death at a Collingwood house party on April 16, 2006. Court heard Long and his friends belonged to the Hammer Heads -- a white supremacist brotherhood of skinheads against blacks, Jews and gays.
On trial for first-degree murder is Christopher Broughton, 29, of Hamilton, who the jury heard was hoping to be accepted by the skinheads.
Brad Genno, 27, a Hammer Head from Toronto, testified he drove to the Collingwood party with Long and Broughton. He said he saw Broughton get into a fight with some of the partiers.
The next morning he awoke on a couch to the sight of Broughton standing in front of him with the bat, so he fled.
"I bolted," said Genno. "I was, shocked ... afraid."
When he returned, police and paramedics were already there and Long was lying in a pool of blood on the floor.
Defence lawyer Michael Lacy suggested his client, Broughton, was involved in more than "just a fight" and that he was beaten, dragged by his feet, kicked in the head, stomped on, then made to kneel down and apologize for showing disrespect.
"I'm not sure about all of that," said Genno, who testified that he was drunk at the time.
"I've tried to black out the memory of that night for the past two years."
The trial continues Tuesday.