October 23rd, 2020

Testimony at N.B. murder trial on hold while lawyers discuss Supreme Court decision


By The Canadian Press on October 8, 2020.

This is Matthew Raymond's Firearms Acquisition card and bullets as they were found on the bed in his apartment in Fredericton, in a photo taken by RCMP on Aug. 11, 2018, the day after the shootings. The photo was provided by the New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, and entered as an exhibit at the trial of Raymond. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench MANDATORY CREDIT

FREDERICTON – Testimony at the Matthew Raymond murder trial in Fredericton is on hold until Friday morning.

Justice Larry Landry of the Court of Queen’s Bench told the jury Thursday that a Supreme Court of Canada decision rendered Wednesday could have an implication on the trial.

He said the decision, which he did not identify, needed to be discussed by the lawyers.

Raymond is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Donnie Robichaud, Bobbie Lee Wright and Fredericton police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Aug. 10, 2018.

The defence has acknowledged Raymond killed the victims but says he should be found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.

An RCMP computer expert has been on the witness stand for two days testifying about pictures, videos and notes found on Raymond’s computer.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020.

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