Nova Scotia

Dartmouth slaying case postponed for 3 weeks

The case of a teenager charged with first-degree murder in the death of an elderly Dartmouth woman has been adjourned to allow discussions between the Crown and defence.

The case of a teenager charged with first-degree murder in the death of an elderly Dartmouth woman has been adjourned to allow discussions between the Crown and defence.

James William Gallant, 18, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lavinia Campbell. (CBC)

James William Gallant, 18, is charged with first-degree murder, robbery and break and enter in the death of Lavinia Campbell.

The 79-year-old woman was found dead in her home on Jackson Road in December after a neighbour noticed a back door was open and called police.

Gallant made a brief appearance at Dartmouth provincial court on Tuesday with defence lawyer Brian Bailey.

The case has been set over until April 10.

"Both Crown and defence have reviewed the disclosure. Now, we're having some discussions about what we think our respective positions are," Bailey said outside the courtroom.

"It'll remain to be seen what we do from that. If the discussions become meaningful, that'll be reflected in what we do on April 10."

A 16-year-old Dartmouth boy has also been charged with first-degree murder in Campbell's death.

He's scheduled to face a 14-day trial in youth court in November. The Crown has indicated that if the 16-year-old is convicted, there will be an application to have him sentenced as an adult.

Heather Morrison, a friend of the 79-year-old victim who was in court on Tuesday, said Campbell was a "beautiful" woman.

Lavinia Campbell was 79 when she was found dead in her Jackson Road home in December. (Contributed)

"I walk by her house every day and I still kind of fight back the tears and I say prayers for her every night," she told CBC News.

"I'm just so angry. This shouldn't have been done. She was a very nice lady and she'd do anything for anybody."

Morrison said Campbell had several cats and treated them as if they were her family.

"She was a good friend of mine. She did a lot for me, I did a lot for her and I'm hoping to see justice done," Morrison said outside the courtroom.

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