SAINT JOHN, N.B. (NEWS 1130) – A New Brunswick jury has found Dennis Oland guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his father, prominent businessman, Richard Oland.
The lengthy trial, which began in September, heard from nearly 50 witnesses and revealed a case based on what the judge called largely circumstantial evidence.
The body of Richard Oland was found face down in a pool of blood in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.
He had suffered 45 blunt and sharp force blows to his head, neck and hands, although no weapon was ever found.
The key piece of evidence for the Crown was a brown jacket worn by Dennis Oland that had a number of small blood stains and DNA that matched the profile of Richard Oland.
However none of the expert witnesses could say how long the blood had been on the jacket or how it got there.
The defence pointed to video that showed Dennis Oland and his wife shopping at the time when people working below Richard Oland’s office say they believe they heard the sounds of the murder.