Accused Sweeney killer seeking bail in Sudbury court
Robert Steven Wright was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the murder of Renee Sweeney.
SUDBURY -- A bail review hearing has resumed at the Sudbury courthouse for a second day in the case of a man accused of a grisly murder more than two decades ago.
Lawyers are making arguments via teleconference to adhere to physical distancing guidelines.
Robert Steven Wright was arrested in North Bay in December 2018, where he was working as a lab technician. He is charged with the murder of Renee Sweeney at the Adults Only Video Store in January 1998.
At the time of Sweeney's murder, Wright was 18-years-old and attending Lockerby Composite High School in Sudbury, not far from the murder scene.
Wright is taking part in the proceeding via teleconference from the Sudbury jail, where he has been in custody since his arrest. He was originally charged with first-degree murder, but that was later downgraded to second-degree murder.
This is Wright's second time seeking bail after it was denied last March. CTV News can't report on any details of the bail review proceeding because of a court-imposed publication ban.
Wright will be back in court next week when an application to move his second-degree murder trial out of Sudbury is expected to be heard.
A judge has reserved his decision in the bail review application of Robert Steven Wright until Thursday May 14.