First-degree murder accused hires new lawyer
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.