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Accused in 2016 homicide denied bail


Adam Joseph Drake, shown at court after his arrest in March, has been denied bail on a charge of first-degree murder in the November 2016 shooting of Tyler Keizer. - File
Adam Joseph Drake, shown at court after his arrest in March, has been denied bail on a charge of first-degree murder in the November 2016 shooting of Tyler Keizer. - File

A Halifax man charged with first-degree murder in the November 2016 shooting of Tyler Keizer has been denied bail.

Adam Joseph Drake, 28, appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Wednesday for a decision at his bail hearing.

Tyler Keizer.
Tyler Keizer.

There’s a publication ban on the evidence and submissions heard by Justice Robert Wright, as well as the reasons for his decision to deny Drake bail.

Drake, who was arrested and charged in March, will remain in custody at the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Pictou County.

He is scheduled to return to Halifax provincial court next week to set dates for a preliminary inquiry.

Keizer, 22, died at hospital after he was shot in a sport utility vehicle in a parking lot at the corner of Falkland and Gottingen streets in Halifax on Nov. 21, 2016, at about 10:45 p.m. A suspect was seen running from the scene.

In March 2017, Keizer’s homicide was added to the province’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program, which offers up to $150,000 for information that leads to a conviction.

Last November, on the second anniversary of the killing, investigators released a photo of a white Kia Optima that was seen in the area around the time of the shooting and asked anyone with information about the vehicle or its occupants to contact police.

At most bail hearings, the burden is on the Crown to show why the accused should not be released from custody pending trial. But in murder cases, the onus is on the defence to show why the accused should be let out of jail.

Lisa Kravis was pleased that Drake will stay behind bars.

“I feel that the judge made the right decision, which is a huge relief,” Kravis told The Chronicle Herald.

“Hopefully, all of Tyler’s family can rest a bit easier. The justice system served us well today.”

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