Lawyers for Dennis Oland head to New Brunswick’s Court of Appeal Tuesday in a bid to overturn his guilty verdict in the bludgeoning death of his father, Richard Oland.
Dennis Oland, 48, was convicted last December on a charge of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for at least 10 years.
Richard Oland, 69, a prominent businessman and member of the family that owns Moosehead Breweries, was found face down in a pool of blood on the floor of 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 murder weapon was ever found.
Dennis Oland’s lawyers allege the trial judge made multiple errors in his instructions to the jury, and say the warrant for Oland’s brown jacket did not permit police to do forensic testing, and sending it away to the RCMP lab violated terms of the detention order.
They are seeking an acquittal or a new trial.