(♪♪)>>Bob: On this edition of the “Fifth Estate”…>>In New Brunswick, it was the trial with everything, a confluence of celebrity, money, and murder…>>They are very prominent, very well known, and very powerful.>>Bob: A beer company dynasty, a father bludgeoned to death.>>… at the end of this investigation, we’ll find that the perpetrator and the victim knew each other.>>Bob: Accused of the brutal killing, the victim’s only son.>>He brought this on. Pushed you, pushed you, pushed you, squeezed you, rubbed your face in the fact that he controls it all.>>I thought it was preposterous, that Dennis Oland that I know is simply just not capable of such a horrific act.>>Bob: In a small city, would connections and influence trump Justice?>>There seemed to be an attitude in the city that you know, he’s going to walk away.>>Bob: And how did the August Oland family saga become a whodunit?>>The man had his life brutally takeN from him, and the killer is still at large. For all we know, nobody is looking for him.>>Bob: I’m Bob McKeown in Saint John, New Brunswick. This is the “Fifth Estate.” (♪♪)>>Bob: It was as select a gathering as you’re ever likely to find in Atlantic Canada. The rich, the politically powerful, the social elite, with names like Irving, McCain, and Oland. Brought together outside Saint John, New Brunswick on a summer day in 2011 by tragedy, the death– in fact the murder– of one of their own, Maritime royalty with a fortune built on beer, 69-year-old Richard Oland known to his friends as Dick.>>There are three really powerful– all powerful– families in New Brunswick– the Irvings, the McCains, and the Olands.>>Bob: Author and journalist Stephen Kimber says the Olands like the others have been ubiquious throughout Maritime history to this day.>>They permeate every aspect of society, political, business, philanthropic. I mean whatever you want to say, they are part of that society and have been for generations.>>Bob: The Dick Oland his peers came to remember was not only the successful businessman, he was also a philanthropist who hob-nobbed with Prime Ministers and with real royalty. He could well afford an affluent lifestyle, enthusiastic skier, avid fisherman, world-class sailor whose pride and joy was a new $850,000 racing yacht. A member of the Order of Canada as a community leader.>>Now the President of the Canada Games, Richard Oland.>>Bob: Among his many local projects shepherding the Canada Games to Saint John.>>We have made these games, the best Canada games ever!>>Bob: And the legacy of sports facilities that endures to this day.>>You know, from a business perspective, Dick was brilliant. You could tell it from a financial aspect. Numbers really spoke to him.>>Bob: When businessman Dale Knox joined the Canada games foundation, he was exposed to Dick Oland’s forceful personality at his first board meeting.>>And I had a question, and it was a question around some of the financial stuff, and Dick didn’t like my question. And it was basically, you know, you talk when I tell you that you can talk, and of course I didn’t take that very kindly, and after the meeting, he comes over and says you are going to be a great addition to this board, puts his arm around my shoulder, and says we’re going to do great things, and I walked out, and I thought, okay. What just happened?>>Bob: And Dick Oland also seemed to have love-hate relationship with the family business– brewing beer. The Oland brewery was founded in the mid-19th century, the same year as Canada– started by matriarch Susannah Oland, an entrepreneur and businesswoman far ahead of her time. Several decades later, her descendants launched the iconic Moosehead Beer brand.>>Cheers.>>Bob: It’s been run by generations of Olands ever since.>>It is very family– like we work together for one cause, and that’s to make great beer.>>Bob: But in 1981, a falling-out in the family, when Dick Oland’s father picked his older brother to take control of the company– a public humiliation according to writer Stephen Kimber.>>His father was a bit condescending even in public to Richard and said that he wasn’t ready, he wasn’t advanced enough to take on this job, and if you think about all the things that have happened since, that’s the moment I would go back to and say that’s when many things began to happen.>>Bob: And just as Dick couldn’t seem to please his father, he could be especially hard on his son, Dennis, a teenager when his dad lost control of the family business.>>His relationships with his children changed after he left Moosehead. He was much more difficult to deal with, and it seemed to particularly affect the son Dennis.>>Bob: Politely put, Dick Oland was not an easy man, described by one of his daughters as someone who could “make an enemy of anyone.” A business associate said “to know him is to dislike him.” But there was something else at play between Dick Oland and his adult children. He was having an extramarital relationship with a local real estate agent, Diana Sedlacek. It had gone on for eight years, but he’d apparently never told the truth to Connie, his wife of almost five decades; for their kids, it was a very sensitive subject. But here in Saint John, so much more of the Oland’s family affairs would soon be on public display because as you’re about to see, what happened next would embroil, intrigue, and shock the city, the province, and the Maritimes for years. And it would all start coming to light at number 52 Canterbury Street at the office of Dick Oland’s far end investment corporation. It was the morning of July 7, 2011. As usual, Oland’s assistant arrived for work before 9:00 a.m. Unusually she found the front door unlocked. When she took the stairs to his second-floor office, nothing would ever be as usual again.>>At the top of the stairs, there is another door that is also always kept locked, but it seems to be open suddenly. So she is puzzled by this. She enters, and she is greeted by what is a horrific sight.>>Bob: Immediately the police descended on Canterbury Street. In the heart of sedate Saint John, it was obvious something was terribly wrong at Dick Oland’s office. Larry Cain is a family friend who works nearby.>>I think the police presence down infront of the office became very substantial, and news started to leak out that Dick had been murdered, and I have to tell you, I was in complete shock. It just doesn’t happen in this community.>>Bob: But the tale told by the crime scene photos is so much worse than they could imagine.>>Preliminary results of the autopsy coupled with the evidence at the scene clearly indicate that Richard Oland was a victim of foul play, homicide.>>Bob: Dick Oland had been bludgeoned to death with a hammer-like object, a vicious attack inflicting more than 40 wounds in his neck, hands, and head, including 14 skull fractures. The body lay next to his desk surrounded by blood and brain tissue.>>I was frankly stunned as I’m sure was everyone’s first reaction.>>Bob: Oland neighbour and friend Kelly Patterson says the response everywhere was disbelief.>>Did this make sense? Was it plausible that someone would want to murder him?>>I couldn’t imagine why. I can’t imagine why he would be an obvious person. If someone in Saint John is going to be murdered, he would be the last person I would think of.>>Bob: But imagine it or not, Dick Oland was dead. Business leader, community benefactor, family icon, killed in the most brutal way. Now only two questions mattered: Who did it? And why? The day the body was found, Oland family members came to police headquarters to give statements to investigators.>>You can just have a seat right there.>>Great.>>Bob: His only son, Dennis arrives about 6:00 p.m. to speak to constable Stephen Davidson.>>Been a long day, HUH…>>Oh, yeah.>>All right. I know we met before, but I’m constable Davidson.>>Bob: He’s been told just hours before that his father had died suddenly, but apparently given few other details. From the beginning, Dennis seems relaxed, even talkative.>>Yeah. Well the biggest thing on my mind is what happened.>>MM-MM.>>It’s pretty clear in my head that he didn’t have a heart attack and die. Something has happened to him.>>Bob: But Dennis doesn’t directly ask how his dad died. Instead offering a theory.>>You know, is this one of those crack-head type things or whatever where someone goes in and you know does that kind of thing or, you know, like sort of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.>>MMM, do you have anybody in mind? That would come to mind to you? As being involved in this…>>Bob: And he’s got another suggestion about a possible suspect. His father’s mistress, Diana Sedlacek.>>The only person that comes to mind is this supposed girlfriend because she really seems to be a whack job, like they call her the dragon lady, you know, she’s this hostile, somebody who you think could be that fatal attraction-type person, um, but that’s just– I don’t know the woman so that’s just me saying stuff that I hear.>>Bob: What Dennis Oland didn’t know yet, but would soon find out, is that before he left this police interview room, he would be the prime suspect.>>Bob: When we come back…>>The search for the killer…>>Neighbours say it is the home of Dennis Oland, the son of prominent businessman Richard Oland.>>Bob: And the search for the motive.>>He brought this on. Pushed you, pushed you, pushed you, squeezed you, rubbed your face in the fact that he controls it all. (♪♪) (♪♪)>>Bob: Businessman Richard Oland, known to friends as Dick was found bludgeoned in his office in Saint John, New Brunswick in July 2011. A pillar of one of the Maritimes’ family dynasties. His death was ruled homicide.>>I would suggest to you that at the end of this investigation, we’ll find that the perpetrator and the victim knew each other.>>Bob: The police named no suspects, but it was soon clear who they had in mind.>>I’m standing here at gondola point road in Rothesay where Saint John police are executing a search warrant. Neighbours says it the home of Dennis Oland the son of prominent businessman Richard Oland who was found dead in his Saint John office last Thursday.>>Bob: So Dennis Oland was squarely in their sights, but even as police scoured his house for hours, they wouldn’t confirm what they were searching for or even a connection to the killing.>>I can’t say how long they’re going to be here. They’ll be here until they’re done basically.>>Bob: From the Tony suburb of Rothesay, the search expanded to another enclave unaccustomed to an armed police presence. The yacht club where Dennis’ wife Lisa moored her boat and where the family had been members for years. It all adds up to an unthinkable double tragedy for the Olands according to neighbour and friend Kelly Patterson.>>It was such a brutal vicious crime, to somehow get your head around that, while you are grieving the loss, um, I think that is a pretty tall order, and then right on the heels of that, you realize that one of your own is, you know, in the police’s sights. I think that’s to me one of the real tragedies of this is that the family I don’t think ever really had an opportunity to properly grieve the loss of their father or husband, grandfather.>>Bob: Increasingly the Saint John police would focus on the tension between Dennis Oland, then in his mid-40s and his father Dick.>>I first met Dennis in high school.>>Bob: A classmate and friend of Dennis, Dale Knox acknowledges relations between the two deteriorated over the years.>>Yeah. You know, I understand that. I think back to my own father who has been gone for a lot of years now, but, yeah, sometimes those relationships are tough.>>Bob: It may have been tough growing up in the shadow of a father like Dick Oland. But friends say Dennis was trying to be his own man.>>Dennis was not one of those kids that I think was handed everything to him.>>Bob: Larry Cain became a close pal. Boating with Dennis, taking trips with their children. He says having to cope with a difficult dad built Dennis’ character.>>He was expected to work hard, whether it was in the family business or when he started a career as a stockbroker, and, um, so Dennis worked for everything that he earned, and I think he learned that from his dad.>>Bob: Never part of Moosehead’s inner sanctum Dennis moved from New Brunswick to Toronto after university and began a career in finance. Back in Saint John, he became a financial advisor with a major bank. His father one of his clients. Dennis says where Dick’s money was concerned, he was really just an order-taker. According to Dale Knox, Dick Oland may have thought he was helping his son, his version of tough love.>>When you have conversations with your kids that sometimes aren’t comfortable, they think you’re being mean or brutish maybe, and of course from the father’s perspective, you think, no, I’m just giving you a life lesson that you should learn because it’s going to help you in future years.>>Bob: But the relationship between this father and son apparently was far beyond repair. When Dennis sits down with police Constable Stephen Davidson the day after Dick was murdered, the discussion soon turns to the bad blood between them.>>When we look at you, you just grew up in a family of really high expectations.>>Yes.>>Bob: Unrealistic expectations he says, even at holiday gatherings.>>Everything is regimented.>>Yes.>>Everything has to be perfect. Everything gets put down and you are a waiter the whole time. And you are on your toes and if something messes up, then you know just it’s those intense situations which were, where everything has to be perfect when you can sort of, you know, you know, it wouldn’t go well.>>Bob: And Dennis unburdens himself with an account of one especially unpleasant Christmas.>>I certainly will remember a Christmas dinner — not last year, it might have been two years ago where he blew a gasket over something simple. You know, when you have a Christmas cake and pour rum over it, hot rum over it, and you lit it flame. Okay. Well it was my job to do that, and it flamed for like 30 seconds and flamed out. So by the time I got it from the kitchen into the dining room it flamed out. Well there was a big fight over that. Yeah, it was, you know, not physical but I mean it was ugly. I might have left.>>Bob: But as time passes, Dennis stops responding.>>You and I have to talk here and have this conversation, okay. I need to know the reasons why– I want you to share that with me.>>Bob: His posture no longer relaxed but defensive.>>Can you tell me what your reason is, Dennis.>>Bob: And though Constable Davidson keeps asking, Oland doesn’t answer. After almost three hours, Davidson steps out of the interview room, and Constable Keith copeland comes in. Perhaps hoping a change in style might persuade Dennis Oland to open up again.>>I’ve been watching this interview since it started.>>Bob: Where Davidson was low-key, even deferent, right away Dopeland is in Dennis Oland’s face.>>You didn’t plan this, Dennis. He brought this on. Pushed you, pushed you, pushed you, squeezed you, rubbed your face in the fact that he controls it all. Disrespected you. Disrespected your mother.>>Bob: The police officer insists that Dennis’ money troubles and his father’s affair had pushed him over the edge.>>And the truth is, your father was a mean son of a bitch. He controlled every penny that walked through that house. He disrespected your mother. Didn’t give her money. Argued with her about where– how much she spent on groceries and made you pay your own way to go away with him. Did Dennis finally get sick and tired of being brault-beaten and abused?>>Bob: Copeland keeps cajoling, berating, anything to insinuate himself into Oland’s confidence.>>This was about ending the tyranny. I have had enough of this. You’re not treating me like this anymore or maybe there was no conscious thought. Maybe it was just like AHHH! Was it just a moment –>>Bob: But Dennis Oland has spoken to his lawyer. Once talkative he now chooses to be remain silent.>>I was told that I should call somebody so I did.>>Yup, that’s right. And you’ve exercised your rights to a lawyer.>>The person who I called said, you know, don’t talk anymore.>>Uh-huh. Please try and understand…>>Bob: Undaunted Copeland keeps badgering him for another hour and 15 minutes.>>This is your opportunity, Dennis.>>Bob: At 11:00 p.m., after five hours of interrogation, there is a final question.>>Will you take advantage of that opportunity? Will you tell me what happened? Yes or no?>>No, we’re done.>>Bob: The police are clearly convinced they’ve got their man, but without a confession, they don’t have enough to hold him. When they leave the room, Dennis Oland walks out a free man. A free man perhaps, but certainly not above suspicion. Eventually in Saint John, a city with a population of about 130,000, it seems everyone knew who was number 1 on the police most-wanted list. Yet for 28 months after Dick Oland’s body was found, the police publicly named no suspect and laid no charges. The Saint John police held a news conference to assure the public they hadn’t forgotten about the case.>>We’re being methodical. Our folks are being very methodical, and they’re analyzing the information. We do not want to make a mistake.>>Bob: All the while journalist Stephen Kimber says the identity of their suspect was an open secret.>>They thought that he knew the person who murdered him, but they wouldn’t say it was Dennis Oland. So there was a lot of speculation, but at the same time, they executed search warrants at his house, at the yacht club. It was hard for anybody not to realize that that’s who was being investigated and that’s who was the suspect.>>Bob: But according to friend Larry Cain, it was business as usual for Dennis Oland.>>Dennis was out in the community. He didn’t hide. Wouldn’t be unusual to run into him in the grocery store at the market or in a restaurant , you know, because I think Dennis had absolute faith and confidence in the Justice system, as did his entire family.>>Bob: And for Dennis Oland, business might have been better than ever. After the murder, he was named coexecutor of his father’s estate and a trustee for his mother, paid a total of $150,000. He also became a director of his father’s three companies and president of the main one. There is no indication of his compensation for those. Dick Oland was killed in Saint John on July 6, 2011. His son Dennis interrogated the following day, but it wasn’t until almost two-and-a-half years later, November 2013 that the Saint John police called this news conference.>>On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, members from the Saint John police force arrested Dennis Oland, the son of Richard Oland and charged him with second-degree murder.>>Bob: After the break, the tale of the security tape. Surveillance video of Dennis Oland the day his father was murdered. Why was Oland’s silver car caught driving past his dad’s office three times in seven minutes that evening? Why did he drive the wrong way up a one-way street? Why did he go in and out of Dick Oland’s office three times not long before the murder? When we return… (♪♪) (♪♪)>>Bob: Some called it the New Brunswick’s O.J. Simpson case. A combination of fame, money, and murder centred around the killing of one of the province’s most powerful people, Richard Oland. But for some in Saint John, there was the belief that family reputation and connections might trump justice.>>It is a very high-profile family, high-profile case. There was a lot of pretrial publicity.>>Bob: CBC reporter Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon had covered the case for four years by the time it got to trial which many were convinced they’d never see.>>I think there is a perception among a big group of the population that feel that, you know, money talks.>>Bob: And authorities worried they might not find enough impartial jurors to prosecute Dennis Oland for killing his father in a place where it seems everyone knew the family name and had an opinion about the case. It was the largest jury pool ever in New Brunswick. Bigger even than such high profile trials as Robert Pickton in British Columbia, Paul Bernardo in Ontario or Luka Magnotta in Quebec. In all 5,000 people were summoned for jury selection. So many came. They didn’t hold it at the court house. But here at the Saint John hockey rink. And though Dennis Oland was accused of brutally killing a family member, other Olands came to his defence. Writer Stephen Kimber.>>I think that other members of the family felt that Richard was being very hard on Dennis and were much more sympathetic toward him, and you see that playing out after the murder when you have to ask yourself after the murder and Dennis is charged, who does the family rally around? Is it the dead father or is it the accused son? And to a person, it was the accused son.>>Bob: Finally in the middle of September 2015, over four years after the murder, they came together for the trial. Dennis Oland and his wife Lisa, Connie Oland, mother of the defendant and wife of the victim, the prosecution, the defence, the family members, and supporters who came to court each day. Kelly Patterson was one of them.>>They’re private people being forced to endure a public trial, and having your lives laid bare for the public to pick over, I think, would be uncomfortable for most people to have strangers talking in the coffee shops and on the street corners about the private details of your life, but they showed up at court every single day with their heads held high to stand by Dennis and endure this, knowing what was coming, but they did it.>>Reporter: Today we learned just how Richard Oland died. He suffered 46 blows to his body, six of them defensive wounds to his hands, the other 40, sharp and blunt injures to his head and neck.>>Bob: As the trial opened, the prosecution would reveal the shocking details.>>Reporter: His body was discovered face down in a pool of blood…>>Bob: And a case against Dennis Oland built around four main points of evidence. First and foremost the visit Oland made to his father’s office at number 52 Canterbury Street in downtown Saint John on the evening of July 6, 2011. A typical day, he said, until that visit. It was after 5:00 p.m. when Dennis left his own office for his dad’s. But the shot from this security camera shows he didn’t go there directly. Instead it captures this image of his silver Volkswagen circling the block before finally stopping on Canterbury street in his father’s parking lot. Dennis says he came to deliver research about Oland family history, material he carried in a red grocery bag, but then apparently, the plan changed.>>And I went up the stairs, and I had my bag of stuff, and I forgot my stuff– well some of my stuff, so I left and…>>Bob: But what he told the police about what happened was convoluted and confusing. He says after climbing to the second floor, realizing he’d forgotten something, he retraced his steps, returned to his car, and drove away, but he drove back to the Canterbury Street. This time, he parked diagonally across from his father’s office, as seen here in the upper right-hand corner. It was 5:25 p.m. He then crossed the street to number 52 and climbed the stairs to the second floor, once again, this time Dennis Oland says he stayed about 45 minutes. After he left, he is seen on the security footage at 6:12 p.m., still carrying the red bag. But it was only at the trial, four years later, that Dennis Oland admitted to a third visit that evening. After driving up Canterbury, turning the wrong way on a one-way street and parking, he then walked back to his father’s office for that third time. He left a few minutes later, and says only his father remained in the office. There is no evidence Dick Oland’s computer or cellphone were used after that time.>>I might have gone…>>Bob: So Dennis is the last person known to see his father alive, and his muddled description of his comings and goings during that visit triggered the suspicion of the police. Watch here as the investigator leaves the room and Oland is left muttering to himself about what happened.>>Bob: The question wasn’t only where he went on the day of the murder, but also what he wore.>>And what were you wearing because I just want to make sure…>>Bob: Dennis Oland’s choice of sport jacket became a focal point for the police.>>Um, these pants, these shoes, a dress shirt, and a navy blazer.>>You were wearing those pants, those shoes…>>Those shoes, a dress shirt, not this, a collared dress shirt and a navy blazer.>>And a navy blazer.>>Yeah.>>Okay.>>Bob: The problem, police said, is that security cameras on the day his father was killed showed Dennis Oland wearing not a navy blazer but a brown sport jacket which was sent to be dry-cleaned the very next day. Forensic analysis would find three small bloodstains containing D.N.A. that matched the profile of Dick Oland. The victim’s blood would be another key to the prosecution case. And so would the victim’s cellphone. When Dick Oland’s body was found, it appeared not to be a robbery because he still had his valuables, wallet, Rolex watch, keys to the BMW, all that was missing was his cellphone. So where was it? According to Dennis Oland, after that visit to his father on July 6th, he went to this wharf near his home in the suburb of Rothesay hoping to find his children who might be swimming there, he says. Each evening Dick Oland spoke by cellphone to his long-time mistress Diana Sedlacek. She left this message the day before.>>Bob: On July 6, she texted him at about the same time. 6:44 p.m. The text pinged off a cell tower, not in downtown Saint John near Dick’s office, but in Rothesay where Dennis claims he was looking for his kids. That tower is less than a kilometre away from the wharf with only water in between. At trial, an expert testified it would be extremely unlikely if Dick Oland’s cellphone weren’t in that vicinity at that time. In other words, where Dennis Oland says he was. The phone was never found. There is no doubt the relationship between Dennis Oland and his father was a difficult one, but prosecutors went even farther, insisting the money issues between them were among the motives for murder.>>They described him as a man who was on the edge financially. That he owed his father more than half a million dollars. That his credit card and line of credit were maxed out.>>He basically bank rolled my whole…>>Bob: Yet speaking to the police, Dennis claims there is good news in the difficulties with his dad. The loan Dick gave him to save his house during a costly divorce.>>You know, at the end of the day, we were talking about, you know, a loan of 5 or 600,000. It was a lot of money, and I was grateful for it.>>Bob: So Dennis Oland admitted long-standing problems with his father, but said money wasn’t among them. Though in fact his finances appeared deeply troubled. Forensic accounting showed in addition to the more than half million borrowed from his father, he owed almost 164,000 on his line of credit. Over 31,000 on his credit card, and he’d taken a 16,000 advance on his salary. What’s more, he’d recently bounced a mortgage payment to his dad. Friends say it’s not a side of Dennis they knew. Were you aware that there were financial problems?>>No, not particularly. Dennis was employed as a financial advisor and, you know, when you’re in that business, your earnings fluctuate depending on the state of the market and all kind of other economic conditions. You know, I think at the end of the day, that, you know, Dennis had some debt, but he was managing.>>Bob: But in court, the prosecution revolved around Dennis’ financial motive for murder.>>He was on the edge and, you know, people can do things you wouldn’t expect them to do when they’re, when they have no other options, nowhere else to turn.>>Bob: The defence would tell a different story. On July 6, 2011, security cameras capture the rest of Dennis Oland’ evening. Now in shorts and sandals at the drugstore with his wife, at the market to buy samosas, then late-night run to the Irving gas station for milk. Are they the actions of a guilty man? Or of an innocent one going about every day life? When we come back. (♪♪)>>He went public places after he left his father’s office, and there’s no blood spatter on his shoes, on his pants, on his shirt, on anything, on his car, nothing. (♪♪) (♪♪)>>Bob: It was one of the longest trials ever in New Brunswick. Prosecutors called over 40 witnesses arguing Dennis Oland had a history of bitter disputes with his father that ended in murder. The defence had just three witnesses, including Dennis Oland himself. He denied there was an argument about his finances that day or that he played any role in Dick Oland’s death. Well-known criminal lawyer Alan Gold was brought from Toronto by the Olands to defend Dennis, alongside veteran local lawyer Garry Miller. They were convinced there was reasonable doubt about the largely circumstantial prosecution case. For example, the central issue of the three blood drops on Dennis Oland’ brown jacket. The defence asked, in such a gruesome crime, why wasn’t there much more blood?>>He went to public places after he left his father’s office, and there’s no blood spatter on his shoes, on his pants, on his shirt, on anything, on his car. Nothing.>>Bob: Christopher Hicks is a defence lawyer in Toronto who has closely followed the Oland case.>>And you could not commit this terrible crime without getting blood on yourself. The experts said the same thing, and it just stands to common sense to 45 bludgeon and stab wounds.>>Bob: The defence claimed police did not properly control the crime scene, and there were other irregularities. Incredibly for a couple of days after the murder, officers used Dick Oland’s office bathroom before testing it for fingerprints, blood, or D.N.A. And Dennis’ brown jacket was handled by an investigator without gloves. Then left in a bag, folded, for about four months before forensic testing. There now are two official inquiries into police conduct in this case.>>It was substandard behaviour by forensic identification officers, and that is very important. So it raises lots of questions about integrity of the crime scene and the integrity of the evidence they presented.>>Bob: The defence rested. Confidence it had poked serious holes in the prosecution’s version of events. As the jury began deliberations, to Oland family and friends, it seemed just a matter of time until a not guilty verdict. That’s how Larry Cain and Kelly Patterson felt.>>I didn’t hear one thing through all of that that would shake my belief in his innocence. There was nothing, and in fact, what happened was the day after day of the testimony, you realized like this is really ridiculous, of course he is going to get off.>>That’s exactly how we all felt, you know, we expected to be at someone’s home celebrating that night.>>Bob: The jury was out for a day, then two, then three. Lulling the family into false hope, according to journalist Stephen Kimber.>>I certainly think that the longer they stayed out, there was an expectation that he was going to be found not guilty.>>Bob: He says the unknown factor was the impact the Oland family name might have on the jury.>>So I think this is, you know, going back to the Olands as one of the establishment families, the elite families of New Brunswick. Yeah, you sort of ask yourself what’s going through the minds of the jury when they’re looking at this. You know, did he do it? Did somebody else do it? What was really going on here.>>Bob: In all, the trial would last over three months. 65 days in court from September through December. It was just a few days before Christmas that the jury sent word to the judge they’d reached a verdict.>>The jury’s verdict, Dennis Oland was found guilty of second-degree murder.>>It was almost like all of the air gets sucked right out of the room, and then it sort of started to set in, and somebody said what? You know, and somebody else said, oh, they got it wrong, and he just started sobbing, wailing really, uncontrollably, and I mean I’ve covered a lot of court, but it was unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. It was, it almost sounded like a wild wounded animal or something, and one of his lawyers Gary Miller went over to try and console him, and he just sort of clutched on to his robes and was crying into his robes, and he was saying oh, no, oh, my God. You know, my children, and his wife was crying, and she ran out of the courtroom, and um, it was very emotional.>>And later that day, we gathered at Dennis’ lawyer’s house. You can start talking now. Anyway, we gathered, and we were in a fog. Totally stunned. I mean it was surreal. You couldn’t really grasp that this had really happened.>>We were in shock for several days. It took…>>Still.>>Still. You know, you just can’t process it.>>Bob: Saint John with its division between the elite and the others was now also a city divided by the trial and the verdict.>>I really think that there is a division out here. I really do. I think people are very divided on this issue, and I think even some people who believe he is guilty do not feel that justice has been served because they didn’t feel there was enough presented during the trial to convict him.>>Bob: One month after Dennis Oland was convicted, his lawyers filed an appeal claiming the guilty verdict should be quashed, saying the judge had made multiple errors in instructing the jury, and also by admitting certain evidence. Notably that brown jacket Oland was wearing the day his father was killed. The appeal maintains the warrant police used to search Oland’s home covered finding the jacket, but not forensic testing afterwards. They say that should have required a second warrant, and therefore the D.N.A. results tying Dennis’ blazer to Dick’s blood are inadmissible.>>That’s what the unreasonable search and seizure clause in the charter is for, I think, and that is a really good example. It allowed them to seize to, enter the property and seize the coat, but it didn’t authorize them to do anything else with it.>>Bob: Which sounds like a loophole.>>Well you know it sounds like short-sightedness to me on part of the prosecution.>>Bob: When he was found guilty, Dennis Oland’s wife and mother issued a statement telling the people of Saint John that they believe the real killer remains at large. But at his sentencing in February of 2016, the judge saw things differently, describing Dick Oland as a very difficult man who caused dysfunction in his family, and Dennis as someone who on July 6, 2011 simply exploded. Dennis Oland was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for a minimum of 10 years, refused bail while awaiting his appeal. It is all a sad chapter in the Oland family saga. What the judge called a Shakespearean tragedy about a father and son, each in the end, it seems, responsible for his own demise. (♪♪)

The Richard Oland Case : Murder in the Family – the fifth estate
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