First-de­gree mur­der ac­cused hires new lawyer

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton -

SYD­NEY — A Cape Bre­ton man charged with first-de­gree mur­der has re­tained a new lawyer. Bran­don James Berthi­aume, 26, is charged in re­la­tion to the June 25, 2015, shoot­ing death of 25-year-old Bran­don Kelly. The shoot­ing oc­curred out­side Kelly’s home in Re­serve Mines. Berthi­aume is also charged with at­tempted mur­der. He is al­leged to have also fired shots at a sec­ond man who was with Kelly at the time. Dur­ing a Supreme Court ap­pear­ance Mon­day, the court was in­formed that Dart­mouth-based lawyer Brian Bai­ley has now as­sumed the de­fence po­si­tion.

The Crown and de­fence are to re­turn to court June 12 for a sta­tus up­date on the case. Berthi­aume is to pro­ceed with a sched­uled eight-week judge and jury trial be­gin­ning Oct. 2.

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