Man accused of fatally beating gay activist given time to find new lawyer

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HALIFAX - The case of a 33-year-old man accused of fatally beating a prominent activist in Halifax's gay community has been adjourned to give him time to find a new lawyer.

A provincial court judge gave Andre Noel Denny until March 19 to find a defence attorney.

Denny fired his lawyer Don Murray, saying in court that his trust in the defence lawyer was gone.

Denny had been scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on charges of second-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Raymond Taavel.

Denny was charged after Taavel was found dead outside a downtown bar after he tried to break up a fight between two men in April.

Hours before, Denny was released by the East Coast Forensic Hospital on an unsupervised one-hour pass, but he didn't return.

Organizations: East Coast Forensic Hospital

Geographic location: HALIFAX

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