A jury has been picked for the trial of a man charged following a standoff with police in 2010, but the start of proceedings has been delayed again.
About 90 potential jurors came to Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John's on Friday to be considered for the jury for Leo Crockwell's trial.
Crockwell is facing eight charges, including assaulting his sister with the barrel of rifle and reckless use of a firearm stemming from his standoff with RCMP in Bay Bulls in December 2010. Several counts of attempted murder linked to the standoff were dropped.
Seven women and five men were selected Friday morning, and at times Crockwell could be heard actively taking part in the jury-selection process. His new lawyer, Ken Mahoney, was at his side.
It had been expected Crockwell would be represented by Bob Buckingham.
No reason was given for replacing Buckingham, but earlier in the week Justice Richard LeBlanc said an issue had come up between Crockwell and Buckingham.
When Buckingham took on the case in February, a jury had already been picked. That jury had to be dismissed.
Last year, Crockwell had a parting of the ways with another previous lawyer. The court was told there had been a breakdown in the solicitor-client relationship.
And with Mahoney taking over, the trial that was scheduled to begin Monday has now been pushed to April 17, giving Mahoney only three weeks to sift through a mountain of evidence.
However, he will have help. In December, lawyer Randy Piercey was appointed as a friend of the court. He handled the disclosure phase of the trial and will assist Mahoney.
The potential witness list for the trial is huge — more than 50 police officers and about 15 civilians.