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Accused murderer Graham Veitch pleads not guilty in St. John's

Graham Veitch, who reportedly killed a 55-year-old man in December 2017, has his trial set for 2019.
Graham Veitch, who reportedly killed a 55-year-old man in December 2017, has his trial set for 2019. - -File photo

St. John's, N.L. — Accused murderer Graham Veitch has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

The pleas were entered at Newfoundland Supreme Court today when Veitch appeared before a judge.

Defence lawyer Mark Gruchy and Crown prosecutor Shawn Veitch agreed to schedule Veitch’s trial for March 11 to April 18, 2019.

Veitch pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, assault causing bodily harm, unlawfully assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, failing to stop a vehicle and theft of a vehicle.

The 20-year-old is believed to have been responsible for the bludgeoning death of David Collins, 55, in December 2016. Collins was the partner of Veitch’s mother, and they lived together in Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove.

Police and paramedics were called to the home to find Collins gravely injured. He was taken to hospital and later died of his injuries. Veitch’s mother had also allegedly been assaulted, but wasn’t injured.

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Veitch had allegedly stolen Collins’ car and fled, but police caught up with him about four hours later. He reportedly attempted to escape and rammed the vehicle into a police cruiser, then struck another one.

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