PICTOU, N.S. - A Nova Scotia man accused of first degree murder will be spending Christmas in custody.
Bernard Frederick Hartling, 35, was lead into a packed courtroom today, filled with his family members and the family members of the victim, Kenneth Gregory McNamara, 30.
Hartling was arrested last week in the Nov. 14 death of McNamara, who was found dead outside his home in Central Caribou.
Hartling, who had been remanded at the Burnside Correctional Facility after his arraignment last week, will remain there for more than a month.
Supreme Court Justice Nick Scaravelli continued a no contact order issued last week, which forbids Hartling from interaction with a long list of potential witnesses, including members of McNamara's family and his pregnant girlfriend.
A show cause hearing will begin on Jan. 7.