An assault case involving a convicted murderer was back in Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Steven Michael Neville was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year after he was found guilty of second-degree murder and attempted murder. The former charge related to the stabbing death of 19-year-old Doug Flynn on Oct. 9, 2010, in Paradise.
Neville is also accused of assaulting a man with a knife in a June 2010 incident. In addition to the assault charge, Neville faces two counts of breaching a recognizance and one count of breaching probation. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and will be tried by judge and jury.
Neville was not in court Tuesday, but lawyer Scott Hurley appeared on his behalf. Justice Wayne Dymond agreed to set over the matter until Nov. 1. A trial date has not been set.
An appeal has been filed over Neville’s convictions from earlier this year and his life sentence — he is not eligible for parole for 12 years. The lawyers who represented Neville during his trial — Peter Ralph and Rosellen Sullivan of Simmonds+Partners Law Firm — filed the appeal. Ralph left the law firm last month for a position with the offices of the Attorney General.