Nova Scotia

Trial for murder of Glace Bay teen opens

The second degree murder trial of a teenaged boy charged in the death of a 17-year-old Glace Bay girl a year and a half ago has opened in Sydney.

The second degree murder trial of a teenaged boy charged in the death of a 17-year-old Glace Bay girl a year and a half ago has opened in Sydney.

The accused was 16 years old when he was charged in the death of a teen whose body was found in a home in Whitney Pier on December 3, 2010.

The victim's grandmother was the first witness called by the Crown.

She described her granddaughter as a loving person who wanted to be a model, loved animals and playing basketball.

She cried as she told the court her granddaughter was her life.

The second witness was Cape Breton Regional Police Service forensic officer Const. Jim Taylor.

He took pictures of the accused and the crime scene.

Taylor told the court there was blood on the accused's hands and cheek when he saw him after his arrest.

Taylor testified there was also blood in the kitchen area of the home.

Dan McRury, Sydney's chief Crown attorney, said 10 days have been set aside for the trial.

"There's a lot of witnesses. We originally started off with 50 witnesses … we're now down to less than 20," McRury told CBC News. "There's over 120 exhibits that have been entered at this point."

McRury says he'll ask for an adult sentence if the accused is convicted.

The judge has imposed a publication ban on the names of both the victim and the accused in this case.

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