Accused murderer Tyler Noel seeks legal aid on escape charges

Accused murderer Tyler Noel was back in Saint John Court Friday, but only to ask for more time to seek proper legal aid on other charges he is facing.

Noel had appeared in court earlier this month with the same request.

The 19-year-old was scheduled to enter a plea Friday on unrelated charges of escaping and being at large without excuse. He was also supposed to decide whether he would be tried by a judge and jury or judge alone on those charges.

Noel is accused of escaping from the Saint John Regional Correctional Centre on Feb. 10, while awaiting his trial in October on charges of first-degree murder and arson in connection with the death of Moncton teen Baylee Wylie in 2015.

An inmate escaped from the Saint John Regional Correctional Centre that morning, but was recaptured within minutes.

Saint John police said they responded to the jail and managed to capture the escaped inmate within 12 minutes, with the assistance of correctional staff.

In custody since January 2016

​Noel has been in custody since Jan. 9, 2016, when he was arrested in Petitcodiac on a Canada-wide warrant. He is charged with first-degree murder and arson in connection with Wylie's death.

The body of Wylie, 18, was found on Dec. 17, 2015 in a burned-out triplex on Sumac Street in Moncton.

He had been severely beaten, bound in plastic wrap, tied to a chair and stabbed up to 200 times.

Marissa Shephard, 21, is also charged with first-degree murder and arson in connection with the death.

Her preliminary inquiry is scheduled to start May 1.

Devin Morningstar, 19, was sentenced in January to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 25 years after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder and arson in Wylie's death.

Judge Richard Andrew Palmer adjourned Noel's next court appearance until April 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Noel has a court appearance scheduled on April 24 in connection with the murder and arson charges.