Halifax man facing murder charge in six-year-old cold case
A Halifax man accused of first-degree murder in a sixyear-old cold case is expected to return to court in September to set dates for a preliminary hearing.
Jimmy Melvin Jr. did not appear during a brief hearing Monday in a Halifax provincial courtroom.
Melvin was arrested during a traffic stop in Bedford on Saturday evening.
Police are accusing Melvin of fatally shooting Terry Marriott Jr. in February 2009.
Melvin has a lengthy criminal record, as did Marriott.
Defence lawyer Pat MacEwen said his client is upset about the charges and the length of time it took for police to act.
“Common sense indicates that memories fade with the passage of time,” MacEwen said outside the courtroom.
“Mr. Melvin is upset that he’s ... been accused of this. He maintains that he’s not guilty of this. We’ll be fighting this all the way through the court system.”
MacEwen said he had received very little disclosure from the Crown so far.
“I’ve got about 10 pages of information,” he said outside court. “I expect there will be a considerable amount of disclosure on its way.”
Police have also laid an attempted murder charge against Melvin in an alleged incident in December 2008 involving Marriott, which they say was not reported at the time.
Outside the courtroom, Crown attorney Rick Woodburn said Melvin would also be charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the 2008 case, saying police had intended to lay the charge earlier but there was an oversight.
Melvin is also facing drug charges after a search of the vehicle he was arrested in allegedly turned up several hard drugs and paraphernalia, police said Monday.
The accused, who was in the downtown courthouse but did not appear in the courtroom Monday, was later returned to custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in the Halifax area.
Woodburn says Melvin has the option of applying for bail in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on the murder charge, but the lawyer said the Crown would oppose such a move.
He wouldn’t comment on the nature of the conspiracy charge.
When asked about the length of the six-year police investigation, Woodburn said: “Police did an excellent job bringing this before the courts.”
Melvin is facing up to three separate trials: one to deal with the murder charge; another for the attempted murder and conspiracy charges; and a third for the drug charges, Woodburn said.
Jimmy Melvin Jr. is escorted from Nova Scotia provincial court in Halifax on Monday. Melvin faces first- degree murder charges related to the 2009 shooting death of Terry Marriott Jr.