A 19-year-old man charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal New Year's Eve stabbing in Saint John made a brief appearance in court on Thursday.

Brodie John White is accused in the death of Ross Joseph Veneau, 22.

White's newly-assigned legal aid lawyer, Margaret Gallagher, requested a three-week adjournment to allow time for disclosure and to decide how to proceed.

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Ross Joseph Veneau died after being stabbed on New Year's Eve at a Saint John house. (Facebook)

Judge Andrew Palmer agreed. White remains remanded in custody and is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

He is also expected to enter a plea at that time on a previous charge of assault against a woman in connection with an incident in November.

Saint John police were called to a house party on Sherbrooke Street on Dec. 31 at about 8:40 p.m., where they found Veneau with a serious stab wound to the upper body. 

Veneau underwent surgery at the Saint John Regional Hospital, but subsequently died of his injuries on Jan. 4.

White, who had turned himself into police, was initially charged with aggravated assault, but that was upgraded to second-degree murder following Veneau's death.