Ev­i­dence in Dale Porter mur­der 18,000 files deep

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The De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works up­dated the pub­lic last week about how work to re­move the old lift bridge in Pla­cen­tia will af­fect mariners.

Ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease, the chan­nel will be closed to all boat traf­fic re­quir­ing the bridge to lift for ap­prox­i­mately one month start­ing Dec. 10. Boats look­ing to get through the chan­nel will need to com­mu­ni­cate those plans with the bridge op­er­a­tors and pro­ceed with cau­tion.

Con­trac­tors will use in­fill to help re­move the bridge, and government ex­pects this will in­crease tidal flow through the chan­nel. The in­fill ma­te­rial will be re­moved once de­mo­li­tion work is com­pleted.

Fur­ther ad­vi­sories will be is­sued as work pro­gresses, ac­cord­ing to government. Re­moval of the old lift bridge will not af­fect mo­torists.

The new lift bridge in Pla­cen­tia of­fi­cially opened in Septem­ber and was built at a cost of al­most $48 mil­lion. The orig­i­nal ten­der in­cluded the de­mo­li­tion work.

There’s a whole lot of ev­i­dence to pore over in the Dale Porter mur­der case, ac­cord­ing to one of the Crown pros­e­cu­tors.

Daniel Ed­ward Leonard and Al­lan Win­field Pot­ter are charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the death of the 39-year-old North River res­i­dent. The vic­tim was found on the ground in front of his home on June 29, 2014. Po­lice have said the two men are mem­bers of the out­law Vik­ings Mo­tor­cy­cle Club.

Leonard and Pot­ter were not at the Har­bour Grace court­house Wednesday, but Crown pros­e­cu­tor Vikas Kha­l­ad­kar was there. De­fence lawyers Mike King and Randy Piercey ap­peared by tele­con­fer­ence on be­half of their clients.

Kha­l­ad­kar shed some light Wednesday on the vol­ume of ev­i­dence he and co-coun­sel Shel­don Steeves are still in the process of vet­ting. The 18,000 doc­u­ments take up 85 gi­ga­bytes of com­puter mem­ory. He told Judge Bruce Short this is equiv­a­lent to “many, many banker’s boxes of doc­u­ments.”

Kha­l­ad­kar hopes to have ev­ery­thing vet­ted by the end of De­cem­ber. Mean­while, mat­ters for Leonard and Pot­ter will be called back to court Dec. 16.

The ac­cused killers were ar­rested in late Septem­ber, as were sev­eral other men with sus­pected ties to the Vik­ings. Most of those men, in­clud­ing Daniel’s father Vin­cent Leonard Sr., face drug-re­lated charges. Po­lice have con­firmed Dale Porter was not in­volved with the Vik­ings.


Above right: Al­lan Win­field Pot­ter, 53, was ar­rested in On­tario two months ago. Right: Po­lice picked up Daniel Ed­ward Leonard in St. John’s.

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