© Jennifer Hoegg
Kentville Police secured a 534 Park St. after a reported shooting June 14.
A Murphy Lake man facing several charges, including attempted murder, connected to an early morning shooting in Kentville in June has yet to enter a plea.
Tony Allan Nickerson, 45, appeared Aug. 26 in Kentville Provincial Court.
Public defender Ken Greer waived reading of the charges on behalf of his client.
Nickerson is charged with attempting to murder George Woodworth while using a prohibited firearm, a sawed-off shotgun; possessing a loaded, prohibited firearm without holding a license or authorization; possessing a prohibited device, a sawed-off shotgun, for a purpose dangerous to the public peace; committing an aggravated assault by endangering the life of George Woodworth; using a firearm, a sawed-off shotgun, while committing the indictable offence of aggravated assault and possessing firearms, a 22-calibre, a 35-calibre and a 12-gauge shotgun, without holding a licence.
Greer said the matter was set for election and plea, but he had met with Nickerson Aug. 26 and said the accused shared some “novel” information about the case. Greer asked that the matters be adjourned for another month for election and plea.
Greer did not specify what the new information is, but said there are issues that would affect the type of trial or length of trial involved.
Judge Claudine MacDonald adjourned the matters to Oct. 7 for election and plea.
“You must still follow the release conditions,” MacDonald told Nickerson.
Following a show-cause hearing June 19, Judge Alan Tufts released Nickerson from custody on strict conditions. These included a $50,000 bond justified on the property of the surety of the accused, Conrad Nickerson, father of the accused. The accused must remain under house arrest at his father’s home in Clarke’s Harbour.
George Woodworth, a 52-year-old Kentville resident, was rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries following the June 14 shooting on Park Street. Nickerson was arrested about an hour after the shooting, which took place just after 12:30 a.m.