Nova Scotia

Accused picks jury trial in Mattatall death

The man charged with manslaughter in the death of a young Dartmouth man has elected trial by judge and jury.

The man charged with manslaughter in the death of a young Dartmouth man has elected trial by judge and jury.

Jason William Whitehead, of Duncans Cove, is charged with manslaughter in the death of 23-year old James Philip Mattatall.

A fight broke out inside a downtown bar and spilled onto Argyle Street on Dec. 17.

Mattatall was found lying unconscious on Argyle Street and died later in hospital.

There were indications Mattatall tried to break up the fight, police said.

Whitehead turned himself in to police two days later, after police released security images looking for someone they believed was connected to the incident.

Whitehead's lawyer said the case would be challenging.

"What little I know of it now, is there are eyewitnesses who saw some things and none who have seen everything," Burke said Monday.

Burke made an appearance Monday in court on behalf of his client.

Whitehead was freed after posting $5,000 bail.

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