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A timeline of events in the prosecution of Dennis Oland for the alleged murder of his father

A timeline of events in the murder of Richard Oland and the prosecution of his only son Dennis:

Nov. 3, 2015: Justice John Walsh gives the jury instructions on evidence that suggests there was an inadequate police investigation in the case. He says it is up to the jury to decide whether that evidence alone or in combination with other evidence creates doubt of guilt.

Nov. 24, 2015: An expert in DNA analysis testifies that a brown sports jacket seized from the home of Dennis Oland tested positive for blood, and DNA samples matched the profile of Richard Oland. Dennis Oland had told police he was wearing a navy blazer when he visited his father on July 6, 2011, but witnesses and security camera video shown at the trial show him wearing a brown jacket that day.

Nov. 25, 2015: After more than 40 witnesses, the Crown concludes its case with Tom Suzanski, an expert in DNA analysis who worked on the case at the RCMP lab in Ottawa.

Dec. 2, 2015: Dennis Oland testifies he made a mistake when he told police that he was wearing a navy blazer the last time he saw his father. He later chokes back tears and wipes his eyes while telling the courtroom he misses his father.

Dec. 14, 2015: Closing arguments are presented. Defence lawyer Alan Gold says the jury should reach a verdict of not guilty based on Oland’s testimony and the circumstantial evidence presented by the Crown. Crown attorney P.J. Veniot says Oland was the last person to see his father alive and had opportunity to kill him.

Dec. 19, 2015: Jury returns verdict after about 30 hours of deliberations, finding Oland guilty of second-degree murder.

Feb. 11, 2016: Dennis Oland sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.

Feb. 17, 2016: Oland denied bail pending appeal.

Oct. 24, 2016: New Brunswick’s appeal court overturns Oland’s conviction and orders a new trial, arguing the trial judge did not properly instruct jurors regarding one key piece of evidence: the brown jacket Dennis Oland wore the night of the murder with traces of blood matching his father.

Oct. 25, 2016: Dennis Oland is granted bail and released pending new murder trial.

July 13, 2017: The Supreme Court of Canada decides not to hear appeals in the Oland case.

Nov. 2, 2017: A New Brunswick judge sets Oct. 10, 2018, for a new trial.

Oct. 15, 2018: Oland pleads not guilty, again, for the murder of his father.

Oct. 16, 2018: Oland murder case goes under voir dire.

Nov. 7, 2018: Trial is adjourned for two weeks while unspecified legal issues are addressed.

Nov. 20, 2018: Mistrial is declared in the second murder trial of Dennis Oland. Justice Terrence Morrison dismisses the jury because of “improprieties,” and decides the case will be heard by Morrison alone.

Nov. 21, 2018: Oland retrial expected to proceed with opening arguments.

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