Thirty-one-year-old Craig Pope of St. John’s has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 36-year-old David Jonathon Collins.
Collins was found fatally wounded on Alderberry Lane in St John’s last September 7th. He was rushed to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Pope has been in custody since last Fall. He was denied bail in Supreme Court in April.
Today, he stood in court and entered not guilty pleas to the charge. It was an emotional day in court for his family, who supported him from the gallery.
Pope has elected trial by jury. Jury selection will begin June 3, 2019. The trial is expected to take about one-month to complete.