ANTIGONISH, N.S. - A 19-year-old man charged after a fatal New Year's Eve brawl in Nova Scotia will stand trial on four charges.

A provincial court judge concluded there was enough evidence to send the case against Christopher David Fordham of Antigonish to trial after a three-day preliminary hearing.

None of the charges against Fordham are in connection with the death of 25-year-old Jonathan Beaton, who died at the party.

Fordham will be tried on one count of attempted murder and three counts of aggravated assault.

Fordham will appear in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on June 8 to set a date for his trial.

Another man, Robert Lamb, faces a second-degree murder charge in the case.

Beaton died in hospital early on New Year's Day, about four hours after police were called to a raucous disturbance at a house party.

Julian Frederick Chittick, 25, of Halifax has had a trial date set for next March on five weapons charges and one each of assault with a weapon, uttering threats and breaching a court order. Police have also said those charges are also not related to Beaton's death.


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