Richard Oland Found Guilty
SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A New Brunswick jury has found Dennis Oland guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his father, prominent businessman Richard Oland.
Oland began crying uncontrollably and said, "Oh my God," after the verdict was read this morning at the court in Saint John.
Justice John Walsh thanked the jury for its work.
Oland's mother Connie quickly released a statement saying the family was shocked and saddened by the outcome of the trial.
It reads in part: "Our faith in Dennis' innocence has never wavered and the jury's decision has not changed that belief."
Connie Oland says the family is going to discuss its options with the legal team and sincerely believes justice will eventually be served.
A statement from Oland's uncle Derek also maintained his innocence.
The lengthy trial, which began in September, heard from nearly 50 witnesses and revealed a case built on what Walsh called largely circumstantial evidence.
The body of Richard Oland was found face down in a pool of blood in his Saint John office on July 7th, 2011.
He had suffered 45 blunt and sharp force blows to his head, neck and hands. No weapon was ever found.
(The Canadian Press via The Associated Press).