STORY: "Dennis Oland murder appeal decision possible by Monday," by reporter Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon, published by CBC News on October 20, 2016.
SUB-HEADING: "Defence wants jury verdict quashed, and either acquittal entered or new trial ordered in murder of father."
SUB-HEADING: "Dennis Oland, 48, has been in custody since Dec. 19, 2015. He is currently serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 years."
|GIST: "Dennis Oland could learn by Monday whether his murder
conviction in the 2011 death of his father, New Brunswick
multimillionaire Richard Oland, will be overturned. Chief Justice Ernest Drapeau said he and his fellow appeal panel
justices might have been able to deliver their ruling sooner, but are
"struggling" with the "difficult issue" of Oland's "post-offence
conduct," referring to his untrue statement to police about what jacket
he was wearing when he visited his father the night he was killed. Oland said he was wearing a navy blazer, but video surveillance and
witness testimony showed he was actually wearing a brown sports jacket,
which was later found to have four small bloodstains on it and DNA
matching his father's profile. Drapeau also questioned whether the cost of a retrial should
"come into play at all" in the appeal panel's decision, given the
expense of the initial lengthy trial. "I'm assuming not, but…," he said, his voice trailing off in the Fredericton courtroom. Oland, 48, was found guilty of second-degree murder by a Saint John
Court of Queen's Bench jury in December, following a three-month trial
and roughly 30 hours of deliberations over four days. His defence lawyers contend the verdict was "unreasonable" in the
circumstantial case, and that the trial judge made errors in his
instructions to the jury and in allowing some pieces of evidence,
including Oland's blood-stained brown sports jacket. CBC is live streaming Dennis Oland's three-day murder
conviction appeal hearing being held at the Court of Appeal of New
Brunswick in Fredericton that wraps up today. They are seeking to have the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick quash
the conviction, and either acquit Oland or order a new trial. Drapeau said at the beginning of Thursday's proceedings that the
three-justice panel will "do everything within its power to render its
verdict sooner rather than later.".........Oland, 48, was found guilty on Dec. 19, 2015, following a
three-month trial and jury deliberations that lasted roughly 30 hours
over four days.|
He is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 10 years."
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