The names of people whose property was searched in the Richard Oland murder investigation and the closed-door testimony of the lead investigator in the case are the subject of a court hearing in Saint John today.

CBC News and Brunswick News have applied to the Court of Queen's Bench for a judicial review of provincial court Chief Judge R. Leslie Jackson's publication ban on the information.

Oland, 69, a prominent businessman and member of the Moosehead beer-making family, was found dead in his uptown Saint John office on July 7, 2011.


Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his office on Canterbury Street on July 7, 2011. (Canadian Yachting Association)

No charges have been laid in the nearly two-year-old case.

The media outlets contend the judge erred in ordering the publication ban and say it should be quashed.

Only so-called "hallmark" evidence about the crime scene and condition of Oland’s body should remain sealed from the public, according to Halifax-based lawyer David Coles, who is representing the media outlets.

The estate of Oland and his family, his son, Dennis Oland, the Saint John Police Force and the Attorney General of New Brunswick are listed as the respondents in the latest court proceedings.

Two days have been set aside for the hearing.

Lead investigator Const. Stephen Davidson testified during open court in August that police have been focused on one suspect since the beginning of the investigation.

Previously released search warrants suggest a possible financial motive. The man was "on the edge financially" and owed Oland more than $500,000, the documents allege.

Davidson told the court he was confident police had the right suspect in mind, but could not say an arrest would be made soon.

His affidavit, also released in August, outlined delays investigators had faced in getting exhibits analyzed by the RCMP forensic lab.

Davidson said 378 pieces of evidence had been seized. Of those 243 required forensic analysis, but the RCMP had only accepted 43 at that point.

Police had also interviewed 60 people in the case, Davidson had said.

His 10-page affidavit from July 6 was made public, with the exception of two words that appear three times throughout the document, which were blacked out.