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Psych assessment ordered for Annapolis County man accused of arson, attempted murder

Jeffrey Luke Gregory was brought to Annapolis Royal provincial court in custody July 14. He faces charges of attempted murder and arson related to a July 4 fire in Hillsburn. Judge Timothy Landry remanded Gregory into custody for a 30-day psychiatric assessment. He will be back in court Aug. 11 in Digby.
Jeffrey Luke Gregory was brought to Annapolis Royal provincial court in custody July 14. He faces charges of attempted murder and arson related to a July 4 fire in Hillsburn. Judge Timothy Landry remanded Gregory into custody for a 30-day psychiatric assessment. He will be back in court Aug. 11 in Digby.

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL - The 55-year-old man who was shot by police in Hillsburn earlier this month has been remanded into custody for a 30-day psychiatric assessment.

Jeffrey Luke Gregory was brought to Annapolis Royal court in custody July 14 for a brief appearance before Judge Timothy Landry. He arrived in a sheriff’s van that was backed up to within a few feet of the entrance and was escorted in handcuffs by three sheriff’s deputies out through the back doors of the vehicle and the few feet into the court house. Officers had earlier cordoned off the area around the entrance with yellow police tape.

Later in court, wearing a grey dress shirt and jeans, he sat quietly, clutching a black-covered book during a brief appearance before Landry. Gregory is being defended by legal aid lawyer Darren MacLeod.

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The Annapolis County man is alleged to have started a July 4 fire on Shore Road West that destroyed a motor home and a bungalow. Responding to the fire and a report of a man with a gun on nearby Parker Mountain Road, Annapolis District RCMP and Annapolis Royal Police officers located a suspect driving an allegedly stolen truck.

Gregory was shot in the upper body by RCMP and was taken to hospital in Halifax. Gregory showed no signs of his injuries during his court appearance.

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Gregory is facing two charges of attempted murder, as well as charges of dangerous driving, arson with disregard for human life, and arson causing damage to property.

Following the assessment, his next appearance will be in Digby provincial court on August 11.

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