Five men accused of attacking Thomas Barrett in the jail in Burnside appeared in a Dartmouth court for the first time Tuesday to face a number of charges, according to the public prosecution office.
Andreko Crawley, Justin Cole, Kevin Forrest, Daniel Ryan and Latef Tag-El-Din are accused of attacking Barrett on June 22 at the jail in Burnside.
He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Barrett was charged last year with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Laura Jessome, 21, and Brett Elizabeth MacKinnon, 21.
The five men are each charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, said Chris Hansen, a spokesperson for the public prosecution office.
Tag-El-Din will appear in court again on Friday for a show cause hearing.
The remaining four men will be back in Dartmouth provincial court on August 12.