N.B. Police Commission suspends inquiry of Oland murder probe
Richard Oland is seen in this undated photo.
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 4:11PM EST
SAINT JOHN, N.B. - The New Brunswick Police Commission has suspended its inquiry into the Saint John Police Force's investigation of Richard Oland's murder in 2011.
The commission issued a statement Friday saying the probe had to be put on hold pending the outcome of an appeal of Dennis Oland's murder conviction, which could include a call for a new trial.
The statement says the commission wants to avoid having an impact on the ongoing criminal proceedings.
A jury found Dennis Oland guilty in December of second-degree murder in death of his father, a well-known New Brunswick businessman.
Richard Oland's body 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.