Murder case adjourned as Crown, defence meetings continue
There’s a whole lot of talking going on between lawyers in a Dartmouth murder case.
A date for a preliminary inquiry was supposed to be set Friday, when Jamie Gallant, 18, appeared in Dartmouth provincial court on charges of first-degree murder, break and enter and robbery.
Lavinia Campbell, 79, was found dead in her Jackson Road home last Dec. 16. Police believe she was bludgeoned with a flashlight two days earlier.
Defence lawyer Brian Bailey told the judge Friday that he and Crown attorney Terri Lipton wanted the matter adjourned one more time, until July 24.
Judge Alanna Murphy remanded Gallant to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth, where he’s been in custody for almost seven months.
“The Crown and the defence are still discussing the matter and have issues to address,” Bailey said outside court. “The next time we’ll set a date to hold a preliminary inquiry or deal with it otherwise.”
A 16-year-old Dartmouth boy faces the same charges as Gallant and will stand trial in Halifax youth court in November. He’s being held at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility in Waterville.