Accused murderer in court on charges he tried to escape custody

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A man suspected of murdering a man in March appeared in provincial court in St. John’s Tuesday to deal with allegations he tried to escape from custody last spring.

Ken Edward Green of Mount Pearl was led into the courtroom with co-accused Matthew O’Quinn.

Between March 23 and 25, Green and O’Quinn reportedly planned to escape through a window at the Waterford Hospital in St. John’s. Green had been remanded in custody for a psychiatric assessment at the time.

Both have pleaded not guilty. A trial was set to begin this month, but on Tuesday, Green’s lawyer Randy Piercey told Judge Pamela Goulding that he plans to file an application to have his client’s case severed from O’Quinn’s.

The case will be called again Thursday to iron out the details.

Meanwhile, Green’s five-day preliminary inquiry is set to begin Nov. 4.

The 34-year-old is charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of 47-year-old Joey Whalen.

The victim died in hospital on March 17, two days after he was reportedly beaten inside a home on Tessier Place in St. John's.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Waterford Hospital

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Tessier Place, St. John's

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