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Oland to enter not guilty plea, finally face retrial for his father's murder

Dennis Oland attends a news briefing by his legal team in Saint John, N.B., on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. A mistrial has been declared in the retrial of Oland for the second degree murder of his father. The 16-member jury has been dismissed, and the trial will continue Wednesday by judge alone. The verdict from Oland’s 2015 murder trial was set aside on appeal in 2016. Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Dennis Oland is expected to enter a plea of not guilty this morning, as his retrial in his father’s murder finally gets under way.

Oland will be re-arraigned in a Saint John courtroom, before the much-delayed case proceeds to opening statements and possibly the first witnesses.

The murder trial will be heard by Justice Terrence Morrison alone.

The New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench judge dismissed the jury yesterday, citing “improprieties” in jury selection involving an officer with the Saint John police force.

Const. Sean Rocca accessed a police database to check on prospective and sworn jurors in violation of a 2012 directive from the Supreme Court of Canada on jury vetting.

It is the second time Oland will face trial for the second-degree murder of his father, Richard Oland — his 2015 conviction was overturned on appeal and the new trial ordered.

The Canadian Press

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