The accused in a second-degree murder case that took place last Friday made his first appearance in Provincial Court on Monday morning.
Jason David Bezanson, 33, was charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of second-degree murder. During his appearance in court, the aggravated assault charge was dropped, as the victim was still alive when the charges were originally laid.
Bezanson and the victim were co-workers for a moving company in the Annapolis Valley area and were in the county and staying at the Travelodge hotel on Westville Road while on the job.
“This is one big accident, this is nonsense for this to be happening like this,” said Taffney Caldwell, Bezanson’s wife of 18 years who, along with one of her four children with Bezanson and her mother-in-law, came to the courthouse Monday for the first appearance. Bonnie Ward, Bezanson’s mother, maintained that her son was a good man and good father.
Along with dropping the assault charge, Crown prosecutor Bill Gorman added that additional disclosure is still on its way from the police so he would need further time.
As bail for a charge of this nature can only be granted in Supreme Court, Bezanson will remain in custody until his next appearance on September 24 in Pictou Provincial court to set dates for a preliminary inquiry.
The incident itself took place at approximately 2:40 a.m. at the hotel in New Glasgow after a 9-1-1 call came in for an unresponsive male. The victim was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries where he passed away.
Accused Jason David Bezanson made his way out of the courthouse escorted by sheriffs after his appearance in Provincial Court on Monday morning. (Brimicombe photo)