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LIVE BLOG: N.B. judge to deliver decision today in Oland murder retrial

Dennis Oland arrives at the Law Courts in Saint John, N.B., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. .
Dennis Oland arrives at the Law Courts in Saint John, N.B., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. . The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan

A New Brunswick judge will deliver his decision this morning in the retrial of Dennis Oland on a charge ofsecond-degree murder in the death of his wealthy father in Saint John.

Richard Oland was struck 45 times with a hammer-like weapon in July 2011, leaving his skull cracked in several places.

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The defence argued the Crown’s case is based on circumstantial evidence, and there are pieces that don’t fit.

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Preview on second degree murder retrial of Dennis Oland
Preview on second degree murder retrial of Dennis Oland

The Crown has suggested the younger Oland’s financial problems were a motive and asked Justice Terrence Morrison of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench to look at the evidence in its entirety.

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In his closing remarks, Crown prosecutor P.J. Veniot said the blows suffered by Richard Oland went well beyond what was needed to kill him and that it was a crime of passion.

READ MORE: New Brunswick judge to deliver verdict Friday in second Oland murder trial

Oland was convicted by a jury in 2015, but the verdict was set aside on appeal and a new trial was ordered. The second trial was heard by judge alone.

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