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Kathy Horsman, a mother of two, was killed in a head-on crash in Moncton on April 17. (Courtesy of Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home)

A Lakeville man facing eight drunk driving-related charges in connection with the death of a Moncton-area mother of two has been denied bail.

Boyd Reginald Atkinson, 42, appeared in Moncton provincial court on Friday, still wearing a neck brace and using crutches.

He is charged with impaired driving causing the death of Kathy Horsman, 36, of Berry Mills.

Horsman, a teacher at Magnetic Hill School, was pronounced dead in hospital on April 17, following a head-on collision on Killam Drive at about 9:25 p.m.

Her father, brother and sister-in-law attended Atkinson's bail hearing, along with a few of their supporters, including Rhonda O'Blenis, chapter president for Mothers Against Drunk Driving South Eastern New Brunswick.

"The family is doing as well as any family can be when they're thrown into a tragedy like this," O'Blenis told reporters outside the courtroom.

"There's a lot of moving parts, a lot of emotion and they are coming together as a family, staying strong as a family. It's just a very, very difficult time for all of them," she said.

Atkinson's parents were also present.

Atkinson is also charged with driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit, causing an accident, resulting in Horsman's death; dangerous driving causing the death of Horsman; and refusing to provide a blood sample.

He's also facing three charges related to a passenger who was in his 2000 Pontiac Grand Am —  impaired driving causing bodily harm; driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit, causing an accident, resulting in bodily harm; dangerous driving causing bodily harm and refusing to provide a blood sample.

Although Atkinson still doesn't have a defence lawyer, the bail hearing went ahead with a court-appointed duty counsel.

There is a publication ban on evidence presented during the hearing.

The bail hearing had been set over until Friday to allow Atkinson time to hire a new lawyer after Wendell Maxwell had asked to be removed from the case, citing a conflict.

Atkinson has not yet entered any pleas. He will return to court on June 12.

Impaired driving causing death carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, while dangerous driving causing death carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.