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Forensics officer to be questioned about jacket in Dennis Oland murder trial

Dennis Oland heads to the Law Courts in Saint John, N.B., on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. His trial in the bludgeoning death of his millionaire father, Richard Oland, will be by judge alone. The verdict from Oland’s 2015 murder trial was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a new trial ordered. Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Dennis Oland heads to the Law Courts in Saint John, N.B., on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. His trial in the bludgeoning death of his millionaire father, Richard Oland, will be by judge alone. The verdict from Oland’s 2015 murder trial was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a new trial ordered. Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan - The Canadian Press

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — It will be an important day for Dennis Oland's defence team.

Const. Dave MacDonald, a forensics officer with the Saint John police force, will be cross-examined by defence lawyers today about the seizure and handling of the brown Hugo Boss jacket Oland was wearing when he visited his multimillionaire father, Richard, on July 6, 2011.

Richard Oland's battered body was found the next day, lying in a pool of blood on the floor of his office in Saint John, N.B.

Police took the jacket during a search of Dennis Oland's house, but they kept it in storage for several months before having it forensically tested.

Several blood stains and DNA matching Richard Oland's profile were detected on the jacket, which had been dry cleaned after the murder.

MacDonald is expected to be on the stand most of today.

Dennis Oland has been charged with the second-degree murder of his father and has pleaded not guilty.

The Canadian Press

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