Marissa Shephard's 1st-degree murder trial adjourned for 'matter of law'
22-year-old Marissa Shephard on trial in Moncton in the death of 18-year-old Baylee Wylie
Marissa Shephard's murder trial in connection with the 2015 death of Moncton teenager Baylee Wylie has been adjourned until Wednesday.
Shephard's Defence lawyer Gilles Lemieux told the jury Tuesday morning that "a matter of law has risen" that required immediate attention. He described the issue as "complex."
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Zoël Dionne explained to the jury adjournments like this are necessary in jury trials.
"We have to keep some kind of mystery around this," Dionne said.
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Shephard, 22, is on trial for first-degree murder and arson with disregard for human life.
"Some of these jury trials, half of the time is spent in the absence of the jury," Dionne said. "These things happen."
Wylie's burned and beaten body was discovered by firefighters on Dec. 17, 2015.
The 18-year-old had been bound in plastic wrap, tied to a chair and severely beaten and stabbed.
On Monday, the court heard from Bailey Fillmore, who "hung out" with the accused and two others after Wylie was killed.
Fillmore, who was friends with Wylie, said her mother woke her on the morning of Dec. 17 and drove her to the burned triplex on Sumac Street.
The area was cordoned off with caution tape and an officer confirmed there had been a fire, but Fillmore testified she didn't yet realize Wylie was dead.
This is the second week of Shephard's murder trial.