Labrador City man charged with 2018 murder released until trial

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A Labrador City man who has been in custody since 2018 while awaiting a murder trial was ordered released by the courts on Friday, March 19.

Vincent Ward, 32, had his bail conditions changed following a hearing, allowing him to be released until his trial. Details of the hearing are under a publication ban.

There were a number of conditions attached to his release, including providing three sureties, that he reside at a specific residence in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, abide by a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, report to RCMP daily and not consume drugs or alcohol.

Ward is charged with first-degree murder and a firearms offense in relation to the April 2018 death of 28-year-old Vincent Belanger Dompierre of Montreal in Labrador City. Police said at the time that Dompierre was shot and the two men were believed to have known each other.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges in early 2019 and was scheduled to go on trial this week and next in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. His trial is now scheduled for Nov. 8, 2021.

Evan Careen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Telegram