The RCMP are still holding the scene in Bayhead where a 58-year-old woman was found deceased. A charge of first-degree murder and attempted murder has been laid in the homicide. Raissa Tetanish photo

Clad in orange prison garb, his right arm in a sling, Ernie “Junior” Ross Duggan appeared in provincial court and had his first-degree murder and attempted murder charges adjourned.

Duggan, 49, will re-appear in court on Oct. 19 on the charges.

Pat Atherton, who appeared for Duggan during his initial appearance, requested to withdraw as counsel as Duggan has applied for Nova Scotia Legal Aid. David Mahoney said he and Stephanie Hillson, based out of Amherst, will take on the case and requested an adjournment.

Duggan is charged with the murder of a 58-year-old Bayhead woman, who was found deceased in her home on the evening of Sept. 17. Police found Duggan in the Lockerby Memorial Cemetery, where he exchanged gunfire with officers.

During his court appearance, Duggan didn’t address Judge Al Begin. Mahoney said he had just received the disclosure in the case and planned to meet with his client later in the week.