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Stephen Gregory Tynes, Dalhousie University student, pleads not guilty

A suspended Dalhousie University medical student, who is alleged to have told his psychiatrist that he had thoughts of shooting up to 20 people before killing himself, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Police alleged Tynes told his psychiatrist he planned to stab associate dean and her daughter

Stephen Gregory Tynes, 30, of Truro was charged after he said he wanted to kill 10 to 20 people and then himself, according to search warrant documents filed in a Halifax court. (Facebook)

A suspended Dalhousie University medical student, who is alleged to have told his psychiatrist that he had thoughts of shooting up to 20 people before killing himself, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Stephen Gregory Tynes, who is facing two counts of uttering threats to cause bodily harm and one count of engaging in threatening conduct, did not appear in Halifax provincial court on Monday.

His lawyer, Stan MacDonald, spoke on his behalf.

"We elected trial in provincial court and entered not guilty pleas to all of the charges," MacDonald told reporters outside the courtroom.

The lawyers have tentatively set June 6, 2016, for the all-day trial, but they're trying to find earlier dates.

"That depends on the availability of judges and courtrooms and counsel and witnesses," MacDonald said. "We'll see."

Tynes has elected a judge-only trial, he said.

Tynes, who was charged in August, is also charged with unauthorized possession of a prohibited device in relation to an overcapacity cartridge magazine.

According to a search warrant, police allege Tynes told a psychiatrist he planned to stab the associate dean of undergraduate medical education at Dalhousie University and her daughter, who was his classmate.

Police searched Tynes's apartment in Halifax and said in a search warrant that they found two rifles and more than 1,800 rounds of ammunition.

The 30-year-old man is free on bail on the condition he stay at his father's home in Truro. He must remain 25 kilometres away from the Dalhousie campus in Halifax.

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