July 8, 2013 11:00 am

Preliminary inquiry in Raymond Taavel murder underway

Andre Denny entering Halifax Provincial Court on Nov. 26, 2012.

File photo/Global News

HALIFAX – A preliminary inquiry for a man accused in the beating death of another man outside a Halifax bar is underway.

Andre Noel Denny is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Raymond Taavel on April 17, 2012.

Taavel was a prominent gay rights activist in the city.

WATCH: Remembering Raymond Taavel

Hours before Taavel’s death, Denny had been released by the East Coast Forensic Hospital on an unsupervised one-hour pass, but he failed to return.

A preliminary inquiry was expected to get underway in February.

It was adjourned, however, when Denny told the court he no longer trusted his lawyer.

His lawyer, Don Murray, also told the court he had concerns about his client’s mental health.

Read more: Response to changes at East Coast Forensic Hospital following Raymond Taavel’s death

© The Canadian Press, 2013

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