A Halifax lawyer has been retained by the Crown in this province to handle the prosecution against two St. John's men accused of murder.
When the case of Philip Pynn and Lyndon Butler was called this morning in provincial court in St. John's, Brian Casey appeared via teleconference.
The reason a lawyer from outside the province is needed in the case has been banned from publication by Judge Colin Flynn, at the request of the Crown.
Born in Red Deer, Alta., Casey is with the Halifax lawfirm Boyne-Clarke. He spent 15 years in St. John's in private practice and in special prosecutions. He was counsel in cases for the RNC, the Christian Brothers, NL Human Rights Commission and NL Nurses Union, NL Hydro. He also represented such high-profile people as Henry Morgentaler and Paul Watson.
A preliminary inquiry for Pynn and Butler has been scheduled to begin June 28.
It's expected to last three weeks.
Pynn is represented by Mark Gruchy, while Butler's lawyer is Jeff Brace.
Butler, 21, and Pynn 25, are charged in the shooting death of 20-year-old Nick Winsor at 271 Portugal Cove Rd. in St. John’s July 9, 2011.
They have been jointly charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder, and face other charges, including possession of a dangerous weapon, assault with a weapon and attempted robbery.
Pynn is also charged with pointing a firearm, a breach of probation and two breaches of recognizance.