Closing arguments expected today at Oland murder trial

SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Closing arguments are expected to be presented today at the second-degree murder trial of Dennis Oland in New Brunswick.

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After the prosecution and defence lawyers present their arguments, Justice John Walsh will give the jury legal instructions.

He has told the jury that his instructions will be lengthy, taking more than a full day.

Oland has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his father, businessman Richard Oland.

The 69-year-old was found face down in a pool of blood in his Canterbury Street office in Saint John on July 7, 2011.

The jury has heard he suffered 45 blunt and sharp-force wounds to his head, neck and hands, though no weapon was ever found.

The Olands are an establishment family in the Maritimes, having founded Moosehead Breweries.

Richard Oland left the family business in 1981.


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