Kenneth Green pleads not guilty to murder

Tessier Place killing rocked neighbourhood; trial expected to last three to four weeks

Published on January 13, 2014
Kenneth Edward Green. File photo

The man accused of beating another man to death inside a St. John's home last year has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

Kenneth Edward Green entered the plea Monday morning at Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court. 

The 35-year-old Mount Pearl man has been in custody since his arrest last March, but a bail review hearing is scheduled for Thursday. A judge denied him bail in June.

Green is accused of killing 47-year-old Joey Whalen, who died in hospital on March 17, 2013, two days after he was taken there by ambulance from a house on Tessier Place in downtown St John's.

On Monday, Crown prosecutor Sheldon Steeves said the trial will likely take three to four weeks. St. John’s defence lawyer Randy Piercey is representing the accused. 

A pre-trial conference is scheduled to take place Feb. 28. Justice Wayne Dymond agreed Monday to have the matter return to court March 3 for an update.

The preliminary inquiry concluded last month, as did an unrelated case concerning Green’s alleged attempt to escape custody with another man while staying in the Waterford Hospital.

Judge Lois Skanes ruled there was little evidence in that case and that the suggestion the men conspired to escape was “pure speculation.”


(Earlier story)

A St. John's man accused of committing second-degree murder has entered a not guilty plea.

Kenneth Green entered the plea himself while standing before Justice Wayne Dymond in Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court this morning.

Green is accused of beating 47-year-old Joey Whalen to death. Whalen died in hospital on March 17, 2013, two days after an ambulance transported him from a home on Tessier Place.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Feb. 28. Green's case will return to court on March 3.