Lawyer fired causing delay in start of murder trial

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Accused murderer Trevor Pardy is escorted into court by a sheriff officer in this Telegram file photo.

The trial of accused murderer Trevor Pardy has been delayed after the court was told this morning that Pardy had fired his lawyer Jeff Brace.

The trial, scheduled for three weeks, was set to begin in Newfoundland Supreme Court before a jury.

Pardy is accused of killing his former girlfriend Triffie Wadman on Oct. 1 of last year in St. John's.

Justice Wayne Dymond told the jury that the trial cannot proceed due to the issues with Pardy and legal counsel. He said it is "very unfortunate."

The case will be called in court again Dec. 3 for an update.

Family members of Wadman became emotional in court after the judge announced that the trial could not begin.

Pardy has pleaded not guilty to all three charges he faces first-degree murder, using a firearm to commit a crime, and having an unlicensed weapon (a nine-millimetre handgun).

The incident happened on Boggy Hall Place, off Forbes Street in the Topsail Road area of the capital city. Witnesses called the RNC around 1 a.m. that day reporting that a woman was lying in the street.

Wadman, of Freshwater, Placentia Bay, who lived in St. John's, was brought to hospital and treated for gunshot wounds. She died of her injuries.

Pardy, who grew up in Keels, Bonavista Bay, but lived in Mount Pearl, was taken into custody following a four-hour standoff with police after the shooting. He's been in custody ever since, having been denied bail.

Geographic location: St. John's, Forbes Street, Topsail Road Freshwater Placentia Bay Keels Bonavista Bay Mount Pearl

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Recent comments

  • patricia
    February 11, 2013 - 22:49

    you know i have a daughter that was murdered. the alleged gunman was took into custody. she died in 2004. took them 4 yrs to make an arrest. every time trial approaches, he fires his attorney. He has ran out lawyers, and has stated on the record he wants to represent himself well today in court he denied it so we arent just back at square one, we are in the negative. I am so angry because we are in limbo and i think he will walk.

  • crista
    November 23, 2012 - 07:35

    we can see how much you the ones make comments know about judges and lawyers and how the the system works and the way the government operates we think you should know what you are talking about before you express your opinions, if you only knew what goes on and where and how your taxpayers dollars are beening spent???? proof!!!! and who benifits ????

  • Fred from Brigus
    November 20, 2012 - 06:34

    So what let him fire his lawyers. Lets hope it takes him 50 years to get the right lawyer. The courts should be in no hurry to set a new trial date. They should ask him when he would like for his case to be heard so that he would have no grounds for any appeal should his case take too long to be heard.

  • Grumphy
    November 20, 2012 - 05:03

    Seeing as he is the one to cause this delay, will it count towards a reason later down the road when some stupid judge says, this man's trail can not go forward as he has been denied his right to a speedy trial because of the large number of delays to get him to court.

  • meme
    November 19, 2012 - 22:18

    it makes me sick!! how much these people get out of the gov for doing crime!! I myself is dealing with a sick husband and about tolose insurance from work cause there is no union but yet no help!! Gov would rather help killers than hard working people!! Our home is on the line!!!

  • Hass Ole
    November 19, 2012 - 21:04

    The Judges should be keeping tally about which lawyers get fired, for what tye of crimes , how often and how close to court date. Let's see how quickly this nonsense will stop.

    • Jay
      November 20, 2012 - 07:45

      By the same standard, society is also entitled to a fair trial. The victims are also entitled to a fair trial. Fairness is fairness for everybody. When the accused's rights are the only ones being considered, we are not having fair trials. I am not saying if this person is guilty or not guilty, however, the concept of fairness has to be equal for all involved. If not, it's not a fair trial. This is what's happening to the justice system. It is because of the perception that the accused is the only one who matters, is why the general public is losing faith in that same system.

  • Dan
    November 19, 2012 - 17:42

    I do believe it goes something like this, "innocent until proven guilty" ? I'm the first one in line to say that our justice system is flawed, however, just like the rest of us, this man is entitled to a fair trial. What the media has portrayed would make the outcome seem obvious, but I recall another Newfoundlander who was in the same position, found guilty and eventually acquitted. So I ask you all, who are you to Judge? Let the system take its due course of a action, after all he is in custody, so whats the big problem? If it's delay, well you should follow more closely what goes on in our courts. Many cases go 4-5 years or more before they see the inside of a court room. Most often due to "inherent" time requirements for the crown to prepare. We need a statue of limitations, our "right to a speedy trial" is far to open to interpretation and is cost the courts millions annually due to unreasonable delay.

  • elsh
    November 19, 2012 - 16:21

    Something is seriously wrong with the justice system where murderers, rapists, violent offenders are released into the general populace or given house arrest for serious crimes and then when brought before the bench, can, at will, have a delay implemented simply because they feel like it... Is there something wrong with the system or is it the people administrating it ?? Something or someone is seriously impaired in order for the justice system to be in such a despicable condition... Maybe a little too much Johnny Walker before they ascend to the bench??? I speak from experience...

  • Jay
    November 19, 2012 - 14:53

    It seems that one of the benefits with staying in jail awaiting a trial is that, for sentencing purposes, if you are convicted you get credited with twice the time that you have actually served. As a result, it is to the convicted person's benefit to delay the trial for as long as possible. Is this what's going on here? This practise should be stopped immediately.

  • Jack
    November 19, 2012 - 14:16

    What's even more appalling is Justice Dymond is blaming Jeff Brace for the trial delays and not Trevor Pardy. Since a Lawyer acts on client's behalf, if Jeff Brace is acting on Trevor's best interest and still not happy about, its Trevor Pardy whom should be responsible for the delay in his trial, not Jeff Brace. Maybe a new judge should preside over this case, not Justice Dymond.

  • EdB
    November 19, 2012 - 13:09

    Oh yes, everyone is entitled to a fair trial. but it should be a speedy trial with no allowance for games being played by the defense or prosecution. I shudder to think about how much this Leo Crockwell trial is after costing the taxpayers of this province. Delays should be few and for short periods of time. Get it done and get it over with. Firing one's lawyer should work only once for a delay.

  • hockeyfan
    November 19, 2012 - 12:05

    This is a complete joke... There's a routine happening here, get charged for a crime, go to court, delay the trial via firing your lawyer, get charged for a crime, go to court, delay the trial via firing your lawyer.. Stop the insanity!

  • sillee newfeez
    November 19, 2012 - 11:52

    He's in custody. The number of lawyers you go through doesn't matter. Just be patient and let the process work. Justice? The guy has been denied bail and is in custody and won't get out again. There's no worry about justice here. It's not like he's out on bail.

  • DF
    November 19, 2012 - 10:37

    Here we go again. How many lawyers will he go through?

  • Interested by stander
    November 19, 2012 - 10:30

    I know there are two families affected by this mans actions. One family has lost a loved one and another is about too albeit only to jail. Delay tactics are common in the courts..and that is just what this is a TACTIC. If he fired his lawyer, make him represent himself and get on with it. Stop delaying the inevitable . Let these families try to move on and let justice be done.

  • Ann
    November 19, 2012 - 10:25

    I totally agree, send him on to jail for life... This poor family have been going through enough now, and to hear of a delay after waiting such a long time now. He doesn't deserve to breath let alone a trial.

  • willy
    November 19, 2012 - 10:01

    You gotta love our court system, speedy trials are a joke. Case in point, look at the Loe Crockwell fiasco.

  • Political Watcher
    November 19, 2012 - 09:17

    Is anybody elde seeing a recent trend in the courts? It sems that delays are becoming a common place and more and more are firing their lawyers. I can'r see why this guy is even gettigna trial; he knows he is guilty, the courts knows he is guilty; there were several witnesses and he even tried to hold up and avoid the cops. Go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not hire another lawyer,.

    • Cindy harvey Hawco
      November 19, 2012 - 09:45

      I agree ALL murder charges are put off again and again ours has been going on since jan 21 2007 it's been 5 years no justice. God bless all the souls that were taken from us. Senseless crimes. God is watching

    • Louis Humphreys
      November 19, 2012 - 09:49

      Everyone is entitled to a trial Watcher...even Charles Manson got one.