Provincial court in Bridgewater set aside five days in the fall to hear the preliminary inquiry concerning a Bayport man charged with second degree murder.
The inquiry, available to accused who face more serious types of charges, will test the prosecution's case to see if there is enough evidence to send the matter to trial. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, Terry Richard Johnson, 58, would face a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge-with-a-jury trial, generally automatic for first-or-second-degree murder allegations.
In terms of classifications, first degree murder, for example, is defined as planned and deliberate.
Court records indicated a provincial court judge agreed with Crown prosecutor Bryson McDonald and Johnson's new defence attorney, Laura McCarthy, agreed Dec. 15 to have the matter set to the last full week in November 2022.
Johnson, who remains in custody, changed lawyers in mid-November. Alex Pink of Yarmouth withdrew as defence counsel at that time.
Lunenburg district RCMP were sent to a Highway 331 address in Dublin Shore at 10:30 p.m., Jun. 17, where officers found a victim had been intentionally struck by a truck and, said an RCMP a statement released at the time, "run over ... several times" before the vehicle left the area.
The man died at the scene.
Law enforcement said the suspect truck, along with the man believed to have been behind-the-wheel, were found at a Highway 332 home in Bayport. A suspect was arrested without incident, police said. A spokesman for the province's RCMP said the accused and victim knew each other and the incident is not considered random.
Charged on Jun. 18, Johnson has been in custody since his arrest. His case has not been tested in court and he is presumed innocent.
Meanwhile, RCMP allege Kenny Savory of Lunenburg, was murdered. The 44-year-old father of two, enjoyed camping, swimming and hiking with his kids, and was regarded as a loving father and a "golden" happy and carefree man, according to his published obituary.
He was "there when needed (and) would do anything to help you out," the obituary reads.
A celebration of life was held for Savory in late June.