Police remain tight-lipped in Oland murder case
Date: Tuesday Jun. 12, 2012 5:10 PM ET
Eleven months ago today, a large crowd attended the funeral of a slain Saint John business leader.
Richard Oland was murdered, but charges have yet to be laid in connection to the case and police are keeping a tight lid on information surrounding the investigation.
Oland's body was found in his uptown Saint John office in July. At the time, police indicated he was likely killed by someone he knew.
At the centre of criminal justice studies, Mary Ann Campbell says police have reason to take a cautious approach.
"If you arrest the wrong person, it can have serious implications for the person who is wrongly accused," says Campbell. "Sometimes that label sticks despite the fact that other evidence is presented suggesting it is somebody else, but it also affects the integrity of the investigation that goes forward because you initially arrested somebody else."
Investigators have said little about the case, other than they continue to wait for lab results and forensic analysis to come back.
"It's taking far longer than it should to get back any kind of DNA evidence, forensics, that sort of thing," says veteran defence lawyer David Kelly.
Kelly says extended waiting periods for crime lab results are becoming the norm.
"A good example is the Oland case," says Kelly. "They've been waiting for that DNA for almost a year. That's just one example, there's probably many more. So from an investigator's side, it can be frustrating when you're waiting for that information and you're not sure where to go. You're waiting for that guidance to take the next step until I get that piece of information."
A court hearing related to the Oland case could be held later this week. Search warrants related to the case were sealed six months ago and that period comes to an end Friday.
Crown prosecutors will be seeking a court date to make their case that the documents should be sealed for another six months.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Mike Cameron
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