Marcus Tucker murder trial aborted, Peter Carroll still charged with killing
The trial of Peter John Carroll for the murder of Marcus Luke Tucker has been aborted after evidence was heard from seven witnesses.
Carroll, 52, was remanded in custody by Justice David Gendall in the High Court at Christchurch on Friday morning for a new trial with new defence counsel on July 17.
The defence team of Andrew Bailey and Ethan Huda was given leave to withdraw from the case by Justice Gendall today.
Carroll will be back in court for a pre-trial call-over on June 2.
The trial began on Wednesday with opening addresses by the Crown and defence and then evidence during the afternoon from seven of the 47 witnesses the Crown planned to call.
Jurors were told of 36-year-old Tucker's body being found bound, wrapped, and burnt on Drain Rd, near Lake Ellesmere, on April 25, 2016.
The Crown alleged Carroll had beaten him to death with a metal steering lock in a drug-related dispute.
Legal discussions began on Thursday, without the jury present, and when the jury returned to court at 10am on Friday, Justice Gendall told them "certain circumstances and issues have arisen in this trial which were not anticipated".
"Unfortunately, these circumstances mean this trial cannot proceed," he told the court.
"I am not in a position to give you any further details at this point.
"The charge of murder remains and I will give directions for a new trial. Neither the court, nor any parties in this trial are to blame or at fault here."
Suppression orders made on trial witnesses would continue for the new trial.