Sheshatshiu murder suspect appears in court

Published on June 18, 2013

A very subdued Gordon Raymond Milley entered Courtroom No. 1 at provincial court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Monday afternoon.

The 30-year-old Sheshatshiu man was charged with first- degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Bernice Rich, originally of Natuashish.

The incident took place Friday, June 14 in Sheshatshiu.

Rich’s body was found in a wooded area in the community and the police investigation is ongoing.

Milley appeared before Judge William English for a status hearing at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Milley faces a sexual assault charge in relation to the incident, as well as three additional charges, including breach of recognizance and public mischief.


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English noted that due to the seriousness of the charges, further court dates would be set for pleas to all five charges against Milley.

Michel Rich, an Innu translator for Monday’s status hearing, cited possible conflict of interest, as he had a connection to the deceased in the case. However, both Crown and defence had no issue with it, and after a short recess, Milley determined he, too, was fine with Rich continuing as translator for the rest of Monday’s hearing. English did say, however,

that other arrangements would be made for further court proceedings regarding Milley.

As no evidence was called Monday, the Crown requested Milley stay in custody until a date was set for plea entry.

English set the court date for

Milley to enter pleas to the charges against him for July 3. He also advised Milley he was entitled to seek a lawyer for legal advice at any time, and can apply for legal aid assistance should he not be able to afford a lawyer.

The Labradorian