Janson Baker trial may not resume until November

Janson Baker trial may not resume until November
Janson Baker trial may not resume until November

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This profile picture was posted on Janson Baker’s Facebook account on December 6, 2020.

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Posted at 11:06 a.m. EDT

The trial of Janson Baker, 27, accused of attempted murder of a teacher in 2021, may not resume until November.

His trial before a judge alone in King’s Bench Court in Moncton began on May 27, but was interrupted on June 3 so that the defence lawyer could find a forensic psychiatrist willing to interview his client and testify in court.

In a telephone conversation Friday, Alex Pate, who is defending Janson Baker, told Judge Richard Petrie that he had retained the services of a psychiatrist from Ontario.

But that the latter would not be able to question the accused before September. Knowing that the professional’s report will have to be delivered before the resumption of the trial.

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The rifle presented as evidence at Janson Bryan Baker’s trial.

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Three to four more days of trial

Prosecutor Malika Levesque, who could also ask for her own expert, said that given the time needed to interview Baker and prepare a report, November might be the best date.

Alex Pate also told the Crown on Friday that he expected the trial to last another three to four days.

Janson Baker’s trial was originally expected to last up to four weeks.

Janson Bryan Baker has admitted to committing the 16 crimes he is charged with, including the attempted murder of a teacher near Riverview High School on Jan. 5, 2021, and several firearms-related offenses.

He recognized theActus reus (the guilty act), but not the mens rea (guilty mind, or intent to commit the act). In order for him to be found guilty, the Crown must prove both of these elements beyond a reasonable doubt.

According to information from Shane Magee of CBC and Pascal Raiche-Nogue

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