Dennis Oland, charged with murder in father’s death, granted bail

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – An administrator with the Court of Queen’s Bench in New Brunswick says Dennis Oland, who is charged with second-degree murder in his father’s death, has been granted bail.

Richard Oland was found dead in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.

The 69-year-old was a well-known businessman and member of the Order of Canada.

He was also a member of the family that owns Moosehead Breweries, but left the company in the 1980s and went on to work in the trucking business and at the Saint John Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.

His son Dennis was charged last week.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday to set dates for a preliminary hearing.

Dennis Oland was first identified as a suspect in his father’s murder in court documents released in May. Since then, pieces of the police investigation have been released by a provincial court judge after two media organizations argued that search warrants and affidavits to support them should be made public.

Among the assertions that have been released in those documents was a sworn police affidavit that says blood on a sports jacket found in Dennis Oland’s home in Rothesay matched the DNA profile of his father.

The documents contain claims not proven in court.

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