Jury selection in Dennis Oland’s second-degree murder trial enters Day 2

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Jury selection continued Wednesday for the trial of Dennis Oland, who has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his father, high-profile businessman Richard Oland.

The 46-year-old entered the plea as the process of selecting a jury began Tuesday at a hockey arena in Saint John, N.B.

Selection of the jury from the 1,131 people registered to serve on it has switched to a courthouse, where Judge John Walsh of the Court of Queen’s Bench placed a publication ban on the proceedings.

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Twelve jurors as well as a number of alternates are being selected for the trial, which begins next Wednesday and is scheduled to last 65 days.

Oland was 69 when he was found dead in his Canterbury Street office in Saint John on July 7, 2011.

The Oland family operates Moosehead Breweries — the oldest independently owned brewery in Canada — although Richard Oland left Moosehead in 1981.

The Canadian Press

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