Preliminary inquiry underway for accused murderer

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The man suspected of brutally murdering his estranged wife got a kiss from his aunt before the start of court proceedings Monday.

Moments later, the first witnesses took the stand for the start of the preliminary inquiry for Raymond Gerald Newman at provincial court in St. John's.

Raymond Gerald Newman, 32, sits in court Monday morning awaiting the start of his preliminary inquiry to determine if there's enough evidence to proceed to trial on the charge of second-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 21, 2007 death of his estra

The man suspected of brutally murdering his estranged wife got a kiss from his aunt before the start of court proceedings Monday.

Moments later, the first witnesses took the stand for the start of the preliminary inquiry for Raymond Gerald Newman at provincial court in St. John's.

The inquiry determines whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. Details of the evidence are banned from publication.

Newman is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Chrissy-Predham Newman.

The bloodied body of the 28-year-old mother was found in her Airport Heights apartment on Jan. 21, 2007.

She had reportedly been stabbed several times and had her throat slit.

More than three years later, details of the gory crime scene werebeing described in court.

Newman was expressionless as he entered the courtroom, walking past a small group of reporters.

He chatted with his lawyers, Brian Wentzell and Mike King, along with a handful of family members, who sat directly behind him.

The 32-year-old is not in custody.

He was arrested in June 2009 and remained behind bars until four months ago.

However, in January, Newman, who has no criminal record, was released from custody following a bail review at the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal in St. John's.

The conditions of his release included that he post a $120,000 surety.

He also has had to adhere to a curfew and is not permitted to consume alcohol or take illegal drugs.

The inquiry continues today and is scheduled to last for six weeks, breaking after the first four. It will resume in August.

In all, more than 60 witnesses are expected to testify.

Elaine Reid, Tannis King and Phil LeFeuvre make up the Crown prosecution team. Judge Colin Flynn is on the bench for the preliminary hearing.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Airport Heights, Newfoundland and Labrador Court

Geographic location: St. John's

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