Nova Scotia

Codey Hennigar accused in Wyses Corner murders has preliminary hearing in January

A Nova Scotia man accused of killing his mother and grandparents must wait nearly six more months before his case is back in court.

Hennigar accused of killing mother and grandparents after bodies discovered in house fire

Cody Reginald Hennigar is shown on his way to Dartmouth provincial court in January. (CBC)

A Nova Scotia man accused of killing his mother and grandparents must wait nearly six more months before his case is back in court.

Codey Hennigar made a brief appearance in provincial court in Dartmouth on Tuesday to set dates for a preliminary inquiry.

The judge set Jan. 8, 2016 for a one-day hearing.

That is a year and a day after the bodies of 54-year-old Mildred Ann Ward and her parents, Clifford and Ida Ward, were found in the burned-out remains of the elder Wards' home in Wyses Corner.

The 30-year-old Hennigar was arrested a few hours after the discovery of the bodies when his car rammed two RCMP vehicles. He has been in custody ever since with most of that time spent at the East Coast Forensic Hospital.

He's facing three counts of second-degree murder. Police have not revealed how the victims died.

Crown attorney Roland Levesque said a one-day preliminary inquiry will only work if Hennigar and his lawyer, Malcolm Jeffcock, are consenting to send the matter to trial.

Levesque said if there's a dispute over committal to stand trial, more court time will likely be needed.

Outside court, Jeffcock was non-committal on what will be required for a preliminary. However, he has agreed to submit a list of issues and witnesses he feels needs to be covered before any hearing.

Hennigar has already undergone one psychiatric assessment. The Crown is asking for a second opinion. Levesque said another forensic psychiatrist has been retained to do an assessment but that report is not completed yet.

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