Jury selection begins in high-profile Dennis Oland murder trial


SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Jury selection in a high-profile murder case involving one of the most well known business families in the Maritimes begins today at a hockey arena in New Brunswick.

Dennis Oland is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his father Richard, an accomplished businessman and active community member in Saint John.

A total of 5,000 summonses were sent out to people in Saint John and Kings counties to appear for jury duty, but only about 1,000 of those are still potential jurors.

Jury selection for the 65-day trial is being held at a hockey arena in Saint John.

Oland was found dead in his Canterbury Street office in the port city on July 7, 2011.

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

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