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Crown concludes its case at the Dennis Oland trial in New Brunswick

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The Crown has concluded its case in the Dennis Oland murder trial in New Brunswick.

Oland has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his father, well-known businessman Richard Oland, whose badly beaten body was found in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.

The Crown ended its case by focusing on a brown sports jacket found in the home of the accused.

Earlier in the day, an expert in DNA analysis testified about re-testing some stains found on the jacket.

Tom Suzanski, who worked on the case at the RCMP lab in Ottawa, said samples taken from the outside right sleeve, outside upper left front and bottom back of the jacket matched the profile of Richard Oland.

He says the estimated probability of selecting an unrelated individual at random from the Canadian Caucasian population with the same profile is 1 in 20 quintillion.

Suzanski says it is his opinion the DNA came from blood stains on the jacket.

The trial, now into its 11th week, has been adjourned until Thursday when the judge will ask the defence if it wants to open its case.

The Canadian Press

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