Forensic evidence was the focus of Dennis Lawson's second-degree murder rehab Wednesday, with the head of the Saint John Police Force's specialized unit back on the witness stone.
Sgt. Mark Smith spent much of the morning detailing the painstaking process of collecting evidence from the body of Richard Alan, the father of the accused, during the autopsy.
He and Forensic Const. Wave McDonald went to the Saint John Regional Hospital of Morgue for almost 12 hours on July 8, 2011, the teacher heard.
They have used a special light that allows various compound fluorides to look for the body of the victims for any trace of evidence, such as hair and fibers, and used packing style tape to collect 31 items.
They caught hairs between the fingers of both Oland hands, swabbed his palms and took fingernail clippings to test for any DNA that the killer might have left behind.
They also collected hair and blood samples, carefully documenting each step with photographs and notes, labeling the exhibition bags and signing them, said Smith.
It's a "very slow" methodological process that has no time for breaks left.
The officer then removed the clothes of the dresses, sweating his sweater, shirt, pants, belt, socks, shoes, underwear and rolex watch, and examined his naked body using the CrimScope light again before the pathologist started the autopsy.
Richard Oland, 69, suffered 45 sharp and bluntly force injuries to his head, neck and hands, Dr. Ather Nasemuddin witnessed on Tuesday.
The multimillionaire, who was found face down in a basin of blood in his office on the morning of July 7, 2011, would have survived only "minutes" after being attacked, he said.
No weapon was ever found.
A jury found Dennis Olland guilty of second-degree homicide in December 2015, but the New Brunswick Court of Apell overturned the conviction and ordered a new trial, citing an error in the trial judge's instructions to the Jury.
Oland, 50, is being re-elected by Judge-alone, without a jury.
Smith, who said recently Thursday and Friday about the treatment of the bloody crime scene, was originally sliced to be recalled on Tuesday afternoon, but lead Crown Prosecutor PJ. Venyot advised the site he was "seriously under the weather."
His testimony was scheduled to continue in Wednesday afternoon, but he had a bit of coughing in the morning and penitentiary expressed concerns on the stone would just exacerbate his condition.
Judge and defense advised Smith to be excluded and recalled in the new year, once he had recovered.
No other testimony was filed for the afternoon, so succeeded neglected early and is scheduled to reside Thursday at 9:30 am with testimony of a forensic toxicologist.
When Smith was arrested, he expected to be an overwhelming victim of the accused and other property for any blood that bind him to his father's murder.
He drove his Volkswagen Golf City and his father's office at 52 Canterbury St, on the evening of July 6, 2011, when he became the last known person to see him alive.
The Crown said the brown sports jacket Dennis Olland wore when he visited his father that night had four areas of blood on it and DNA matching his fatshi profile.
On Tuesday, the defense advanced his theory the "killer or killers" would have been covered in blood.
"This was a very bloody situation in terms of how the deceased met his death?" Defense lawyer Michael Lacy asked the pathologist.
"I would vote," said Nacemuddin.
Lesi suggested that the perpetrated bats likely would have had a "considerable" amount of blood on the "weapon, weapons, on them and on their clothes".
But before Naseemuddin could answer, Crown Prosecutor Jill Knee objected, arguing that was outside the pathologist's area of expertise, which is the basic, manner and mechanism of death – not blood spatter on an asylum.
Lacy took a different tack. He asked whether Naseemuddin would have expected it to be significant blood of the wounds. "I would think, yes," said the pathologist.
Lasi also asked NasameMuddin whether the crime scene photos showed significant blood poled around the body and spatter. "Yeah, I have seen that."
The ritual, which began on November 21, is expected to last four months.