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Lawyer for murder accused requests delay to Dec. 15


The Halifax man accused of slaying an off-duty Truro police officer is in a “state of shock,” says his lawyer.

Pictured is Christopher Garnier, charged with the murder of Catherine Campbell, in an earlier court appearance.

Joel Pink appeared in Halifax provincial court on Wednesday, while his client, Chris Calvin Garnier, 27, was broadcast in through videoconference from the Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside.

Pink requested the case be adjourned until Dec. 15, saying he had only received partial disclosure, but that more is expected.

“Needless to say he’s in a state of shock about this whole situation,” Pink said Wednesday when asked by reporters as to his client’s state of mind.

“Time will hopefully heal, that’s all we can ask.”

Garnier has been charged with second-degree murder and indecent interference with a dead human body in the death of 36-year-old Catherine Campbell, originally from Stellarton.

Pink explained to reporters that neither an autopsy report, nor forensic results have yet been disclosed.

“We need more disclosure in order for us to make a decision on whether or not there will be a preliminary inquiry and what the situation really is," Pink said.

“We don’t know very much really about what allegedly happened."

Neither the defence nor Crown would comment as to the volume nor specify the type of disclosure expected.

However, Halifax police spokeswoman Theresa Rath said on Wednesday that “video surveillance certainly formed part of our investigation” but would not say from where it was taken.

Garnier and Campbell were alleged to have met up at a bar in downtown Halifax on Sept. 11

Rath said also investigators received “solid information” from the public in response to a plea for witnesses to come forward with knowledge of a man either pushing or pulling a green bin on Agricola, North or Barrington streets in the early morning hours of the day police believe Campbell was murdered.

On Wednesday, Pink said it is undecided whether bail would be sought for Garnier, but is being considered.

The Crown said Garnier’s released would be opposed, however, “that is always a decision that can be assessed.”

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