Accused murderer committed to stand trial

Rosie Mullaley
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Kenny Green to be arraigned in the new year

A man suspected of brutally murdering another man has been committed to stand trial.

The decision was made Thursday afternoon as the preliminary inquiry for Kenneth Edward Green finished in provincial court in St. John’s.

Crown prosecutors Sheldon Steeves and Natalie Payne called several witnesses to the stand during the week-long hearing.

However, when defence lawyer Randy Piercey called no evidence and made no submissions today, Judge Jim Walsh agreed there was enough evidence to warrant a trial.

Green will be arraigned at Newfoundland Supreme Court in the new year.

Green is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Joey Whalen. The 47-year-old died in hospital March 17, two days after he was reportedly beaten inside a home on Tessier Place in St. John's.

Green, of Mount Pearl, was arrested shortly after the incident, and was denied bail in May.

Meanwhile, Green will be back in court today for an expected verdict in an unrelated case.

He and Matthew O’Quinn face charges that they conspired to escape custody from the Waterford Hospital while the two were there undergoing psychiatric evaluations.

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Newfoundland Supreme Court, Waterford Hospital

Geographic location: Tessier Place, St. John's, Mount Pearl

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  • Kent
    December 20, 2013 - 07:16

    I don't know why the Crown bothers with minor charges when someone is facing a murder charge. Deal with the more serious charge first (murder). If he's convicted, he will be gone away for 20 years anyway, making the minor conviction irrelevant, since it would be served concurrently if a conviction was won. Seems like an incredible waste of taxpayers $$; not to mention bogging down the justice system with hallow litigation.