Pond Inlet man to be tried again in September 2014 on second-degree murder charge
Crown'a first prosecution of Ruben Arnakallak ended in Feb. 2013 mistrial
A Pond Inlet man accused of murdering his older brother in 2011 will stay in custody until his trial, Justice Neil Sharkey decided Dec. 2 after a show-cause hearing at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.
Ruben Arnakallak, 33, is accused of second-degree murder in the November 2011 death of Esa Arnakallak.
The matter went to trial in Pond Inlet in February 2013, but the judge presiding over the case declared a mistrial.
Arnakallak returned to court in Iqaluit Oct. 29 for a bail, or show-cause hearing.
Crown prosecutor Barry McLaren said he wanted the trial moved to Iqaluit while defence lawyer Alison Crowe argued the trial should be held in Pond Inlet.
On that issue, Sharkey decided in favour of the defence. The new trial is set for Sept. 15, 2014, again in Pond Inlet. It will be a jury trial and is expected to take three weeks.
If convicted, Arnakallak faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, with a period of parole ineligibility that could range from 10 to 25 years.