Nova Scotia man accused of murdering mother to stand trial

Nova Scotia man accused of murdering mother to stand trial

A 23-year-old Chester Basin, N.S., man has been committed to stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his mother.

John (Jack) Buckley had a preliminary inquiry in provincial court in Bridgewater last week. The next step will be to set dates for his judge and jury trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

Buckley was charged with second-degree murder in 2012 after Victoria Rae Brauns-Buckley, 57, was found dead in the Chester Basin home where they both lived. 

He subsequently spent months in jail in Dartmouth before the Crown decided to withdraw the murder charge because there was no likelihood of conviction.

Buckley was arrested again a year ago and charged a second time in his mother's death. RCMP have said new evidence led to the first-degree murder charge. Buckley has been in custody ever since.