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N.S. judge rejects attempt by Crown to remove Randy Riley’s lawyer

Donald Chad Smith was fatally shot while attempting to deliver a pizza to an apartment building in Dartmouth in 2010. Global News

HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has rejected the Crown’s application to remove the defence lawyer for a man facing a new trial on second-degree murder.

Justice Denise Boudreau ruled today that Randy Riley can keep Trevor McGuigan as his lawyer.

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The reasons motivating the judge’s decision — and the Crown’s application — are under a publication ban to protect Riley’s right to a fair trial.

Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada ordered a new trial for Riley, who was convicted in 2018 of killing 27-year-old Donald Chad Smith on Oct. 23, 2010.

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Smith was found with a gunshot wound to the upper right side of his body, with his red pizza delivery bag nearby.

Riley has been in jail since his arrest in July 2013.

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