Accused murderer Ray Stacey freed from prison

Granted bail after Court of Appeal decision

Published on June 29, 2016

Suspected murderer Ray Stacey — shown here speaking with one of his lawyers Johnathan McDonald during his bail hearing in May — was released from jail Wednesday, three days after a Newfoundland Court of Appeal decided the 24-year-old should be granted bail afterall.

Accused murderer Ray Stacey is a free man.

The 24-year-old — suspected of stabbing another man to death in Mount Pearl almost six months ago — was released from jail earlier today after release paperwork was finalized.

Stacey was granted bail Friday when a three-member panel at the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal overturned a decision by a lower-court judge.

His released was delayed until Wednesday, as Monday was a holiday and conditions had to be finalized.

“He’s very pleased to be out,” said Bob Buckingham, who represents Stacey with co-counsel Johnathan McDonald.

Buckingham chose not to make any further comment.

Newfoundland Supreme Court Justice Raymond Halley had ordered Stacey stay behind bars following a bail hearing in May.

However, the panel — which consisted of Justice Leo Barry, Justice Charles White and Justice Malcolm Rowe — said Halley was wrong to deny Stacey bail.

They gave their decision orally. Their written decision is expected to be released soon.

Stacey is charged with second-degree murder. He had been in jail since he was arrested on Jan. 11 after he reportedly stabbed 41-year-old Clifford Comerford, killing him.

Police were called to Greenwood Crescent in Mount Pearl, where the incident was said to have happened.

The two were said to have been co-workers in a company shuttle van on their way to work at a chicken farm when Comerford was stabbed multiple times.

Conditions of Stacey’s release include that he keep the peace and be of good behaviour, that he adhere to a curfew, abstain from drugs and alcohol and stay away from witnesses in his trial.

Crown prosecutor Frances Knickle argued the Crown’s appeal.

Phil Lefeuvre and Shawn Patten are the Crown prosecutors for trial.

Stacey’s four-week trial is set to begin Nov. 14, with jury selection scheduled for Nov. 2.