The case of a 33-year-old man accused of fatally beating a prominent activist in Halifax's gay community has been adjourned to give him time to find a new lawyer.
Andre Noel Denny had been scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Raymond Taavel.
Instead, the hearing ground to a halt as Denny tried to fire his lawyer.
Denny told the court Don Murray had brought a knife to a meeting they had at the East Coast Forensic Hospital.
"He scared the living daylights out of me. I'm shaking in my boots," he told the court.
He said the solicitor-client trust had been broken.
A provincial court judge gave Denny until March 19 to find a defence attorney.
"Nothing makes me suspicious. I don't know what's going on, quite frankly," said Crown Prosecutor Darrell Martin.
Denny was charged last April after Taavel was found dead outside a downtown bar. Witnesses reported Taavel was fatally hurt while trying to break up a fight between two men.
Hours before, Denny had been released by the East Coast Forensic Hospital on an unsupervised one-hour pass, but had failed to return.