Pre-trial conferences expected to deal with issues in Oland retrial
Published Monday, March 12, 2018 8:37AM ADT
Last Updated Monday, March 12, 2018 9:20PM ADT
Pre-trial conferences are scheduled this week in Saint John, N.B., to deal with issues in the retrial of Dennis Oland.
Oland was among the first of the participants to arrive at the courthouse Monday morning, followed by his defence team including Gary Miller, Jamie McConnell and Alan Gold of Toronto.
Oland was sitting in the front row of the courtrooms public gallery, accompanied by his mother Connie Oland.
Any discussion of evidence or arguments made by the Crown and defence during the conferences is subject to a publication ban and cannot be reported.
Crown prosecutors are once again led by PJ Veniot, along with Derek Weaver and Jill Knee.
Oland is charged with second-degree murder in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his father, 69-year-old businessman Richard Oland.
The first trial ended with a jury's guilty verdict, but that conviction was thrown out by the Court of Appeal and a new trial was ordered because of an error in the judge's final instruction to the jury. Oland has since been free on bail.
He left the courthouse Monday accompanied by his wife Lisa.
The second trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 15. To date, none of the lawyers have suggested that the length of the second trial will be much different from the length of the first, which was 65 days.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Mike Cameron and The Canadian Press.