Mistrial declared in Dennis Oland’s murder retrial over ‘improper’ background checks on jurors

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A Court of Queen’s Bench judge has declared a mistrial in Dennis Oland’s murder retrial after the Crown became aware of « improprieties » related to the jury selection process.

The jury has been dismissed and the Oland’s retrial for the murder of his father will continue by judge alone. 

The body of Richard Oland, 69, was discovered face down in a pool of blood in his Saint John office the morning of July 7, 2011. He had suffered 45 sharp- and blunt-force blows to his head, neck and hands.

A jury found his only son, Dennis, guilty in December 2015, but the New Brunswick Court of Appeal overturned the conviction in October 2016 and ordered a new trial, citing an error in the trial judge’s instructions to the jury.

The defence asked last year that the retrial be heard by a judge alone, but the Crown refused to give the required consent and Morrison denied the application.

More to come.

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