Crown seeks leave to appeal overturning of Dennis Oland’s murder conviction

Crown prosecutors say they will ask the Supreme Court of Canada to review the New Brunswick Court of Appeal’s decision to overturn Dennis Oland’s second-degree murder conviction in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his father, multimillionaire Richard Oland.

Prosecutor Kathryn Gregory revealed the Crown’s decision to seek leave to appeal to the country’s highest court on Tuesday in Saint John’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

She did not explain the grounds, but told Justice William Grant the Crown expects to file its application on Jan. 22, 10 days after the New Brunswick Court of Appeal is expected to release its detailed written reasons for its Oct. 24 decision to quash Oland’s conviction and order a new trial based on a “fundamental flaw” in the trial judge’s instructions to the jury.

A date for Oland’s new trial was expected to be set on Tuesday, but scheduling has now been adjourned

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