Dennis Oland and his wife, Lisa Oland

Dennis Oland was released on bail on Nov. 18. (CBC)

A preliminary inquiry for Dennis Oland, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his father, has been scheduled for May.

Six weeks have been set aside at the request of Crown prosecutor John Henheffer and defence lawyer Gary Miller on Tuesday.

Oland, 45, who is free on bail, was not present for the short hearing, held at Saint John Law Courts.

Oland is accused of killing his father, prominent businessman Richard Oland, in July 2011.

A preliminary inquiry determines if there is enough evidence to proceed to a trial. It will begin on May 12.


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

A date was expected to be set on Nov. 19, but defence lawyer Gary Miller had requested an adjournment to allow more time to go through the "voluminous" file.

Oland attended court that day, just one day after being released from custody.

He spent six nights in jail before being granted bail on a $50,000 surety, covered by his uncle, Derek Oland.

He was also ordered to surrender his passport, maintain his residence at 58 Gondola Point Rd., in Rothesay, advise Saint John police of any change in his address, and advise police of any travel outside of New Brunswick.

There is a publication ban on the evidence presented and reasons given during the bail hearing.

Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his uptown office on July 7, 2011.

Dennis, his only son, was arrested two-a-half years later, on Nov. 12.