Police arrest son in slaying of businessman Richard Oland, no charge specified

The son of slain businessman Richard Oland has been arrested by police in New Brunswick in connection with his father’s homicide more than two years ago. Saint John police say Dennis Oland, 45, will appear in court

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The son of slain businessman Richard Oland has been arrested by police in New Brunswick in connection with his father’s homicide more than two years ago.

Saint John police say Dennis Oland, 45, will appear in court Wednesday, but they have not specified what charge he will face. They say Oland was arrested Tuesday but released no other details and a spokesman for the police department could not be reached for comment.

Richard Oland’s body was found in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011. He was 69.

He was a member of the family that owns Moosehead Breweries Ltd., but left the company in the 1980s.

Oland was first identified as a suspect in the case in court documents released in May after two media organizations argued they should be made public at a hearing before Judge R. Leslie Jackson of the provincial court.

Jackson has not released any information considered to be hallmark evidence, which the Crown has described as information relating to the crime scene and physical condition and position of Oland’s body that only the killer or killers would know.

Last month, a sworn affidavit was released that says blood on a sports jacket found in the Rothesay, N.B., home of Dennis Oland matched the DNA profile of his father.