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Lawyers working to firm up preliminary hearing dates in Burke murder case

Sudbury woman Melissa Sheridan is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her husband, Brant Burke

There was a bit of confusion on April 5 between the Crown attorney and counsel for Melissa Sheridan, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her husband, Brant Burke.

Sheridan didn’t appear in person, but was represented by her lawyer, Michael Lacy.

Lacy said he had received information that the Crown attorney’s office had dozens of witnesses subpoenaed for a three-day preliminary hearing from June 14-16. He said it was his understanding only one witness would testify during the hearing.

Assistant Crown attorney Jose Rodriguez told the court he counted seven witnesses, but that not all of them were being subpoenaed to testify during the hearing, and that there may still be only one witness testifying. He said he would follow up with that information.

Furthermore, citing personal reasons, Lacy requested to vacate the third day, June 16, and to reschedule it. That is also being canvassed. The matter will return April 19 for possible confirmation.

Burke’s body was discovered on Oct. 25, 2020 on a trail in the Point Grondine Reserve off Highway 637, the road that leads to the hamlet of Killarney.

Sheridan was granted bail in December 2020 under a set of strict conditions.

Also charged with first-degree murder is Kerry Burke, the brother of the victim. He has pretrial dates coming up in May.