Millbrook murder case set over to April as defence, Crown work out details

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The case of a 27-year-old man facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of 46-year-old Jamie Blair at a Millbrook residence in April 2018 has been set over for another month.

Kevin Brian Sylliboy appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Truro via video from the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside this afternoon.

The appearance had originally been scheduled for a possible change of plea in the matter and setting a sentencing date, but the defence told the court that there are issues with the statement of facts which have to be resolved with the Crown.

On February 13th, Sylliboy's lawyer indicated to the court that his client wanted to forego a trial and plans to change his plea.

The two sides also argued today over possible federal remand, with the Crown wanting him kept in a provincial facility.

His defence lawyer told the court he didn't have full details on a sentencing hearing yesterday on a previous matter, but it was expected to be a joint recommendation of two years federal term, which Sylliboy confirmed.

A frustrated Sylliboy, questioning why the Crown was "being so difficult" left the video call.

After a short recess, the Crown said they wouldn't oppose the federal remand in an effort to continue discussions and move this case along.

Sylliboy is now scheduled to appear in person on April 17th, though the defence pointed out that Sheriff Services had voiced concerns about that potential arrangement.

Justice Jeffrey Hunt told the court that he would not deal with the matter in April if it wasn't in person.