Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia man accused of killing mother and grandparents appears in court

A 31-year-old Nova Scotia man accused of killing his mother and grandparents made a brief appearance in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Thursday morning.

Codey Hennigar accused of three counts of second-degree murder

Codey Reginald Hennigar is taken from court in Dartmouth, N.S., on Jan. 9, 2015. Hennigar has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his mother and two grandparents. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

A 31-year-old Nova Scotia man accused of killing his mother and two grandparents made a brief appearance in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Thursday morning.

Lawyers are trying to set trial dates for Codey Hennigar, who's been in custody for more than a year. 

He was arrested in January 2015, shortly after police discovered the bodies of 54-year-old Mildred Ann Ward and her parents, Clifford and Ida Ward. They were found in the burned-out remains of the Wards's home in Wyses Corner.

Hennigar was arrested after his car rammed two RCMP vehicles.

He's facing three counts of second-degree murder.

In court Thursday morning, Hennigar's lawyer, Malcolm Jeffcock, said there's a scheduling issue with a witness, which is causing a delay. Lawyers will try to set dates for the next step in the process when they reconvene next month.

In the meantime, Hennigar is being held at the East Coast Forensic Hospital to maintain his fitness for trial.

"Take care of yourself, Mr. Hennigar," Justice Gerald Moir said as the man was led from court.

"I will," Hennigar replied. "You too."

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