HALIFAX - A man being charged in relation to a 2011 shooting death has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Halifax police charged Russell Beaver in September 2011 after officers found the body of 32-year-old Shawn Mead in Mead’s Bilby Street residence.
Relying on crucial eyewitness testimony, investigators say they were able to determine that Mead had died from multiple gunshot wounds about three weeks earlier.
Beaver – who was 23 at the time of his arrest – was scheduled to begin a jury trial on Monday for first-degree murder.
Instead, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Mead’s death.
Beaver is out on bail until his sentencing hearing on Jan. 9.
- by Geordon Omand for Metro Halifax