Man makes brief court ap­pear­ance in murder case


An Up­per Sackville man charged with sec­ond-de­gree murder in the April death of a woman in South Raw­don made a brief ap­pear­ance in Shubenacadie pro­vin­cial court Mon­day.

The body of 27-year-old Laura Ross was found in a burned-out garage at a prop­erty on High­way 202 in South Raw­don on April 3.

Joshua Eric Crow­ell, also 27, was ar­rested in Hal­i­fax in late July and charged with sec­ond-de­gree murder.

Wear­ing a red sweat­shirt and close-cropped hair, Crow­ell was ush­ered in and out of the court­room quickly Mon­day. De­fence lawyer Peter Plan­etta told Judge Marc Chisholm that he was await­ing dis­clo­sure from the Crown and that he needed time to pre­pare.

The mat­ter was set over un­til Oct. 12 in Shubenacadie court, when a date will be de­ter­mined for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.

In the mean­time, Crow­ell will re­main in cus­tody at the Cen­tral Nova Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Burn­side In­dus­trial Park. Plan­etta said he did not know if the de­fen­dant will make a bail ap­pli­ca­tion to the Supreme Court of Nova Sco­tia.

After Crow­ell was led from the court­room, a num­ber of peo­ple quickly left the public gallery benches. A woman who burst ino tears out­side the court­room was con­soled and ac­com­pa­nied out of the build­ing.

Fire­fight­ers were called to the South Raw­don ad­dress just be­fore 9 a.m. on April 3, when a passerby spot­ted the blaze.

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