Man charged with second-degree murder in death of Kristin Johnston

Halifax Regional Police have charged a 33-year-old Dalhousie Law graduate聽with second-degree murder in the death of Kristin Johnston.

Nicholas Jordan Butcher of Halifax, who police confirm was in a relationship with Johnston at the time of her death, appeared in Halifax provincial court Tuesday.

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Johnston’s body was found by police in her home on Oceanview Drive off Purcells Cove Road in Halifax on March 26.

Police arrested Butcher at the scene that day, but he聽was suffering from serious injuries and was taken to hospital.

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He was released from custody, pending treatment of his injuries, but remained a person of interest.聽He聽was re-arrested on April 11.

Police are staying tight-lipped about the circumstances of both Johnston’s death and Butcher’s injuries.

Rebekah Higgs, a friend of Johnston’s, told Global News on Tuesday that the laying of a murder charge聽offers “a little bit of relief.”

“Kristin was a very influential and awesome girl to be around and a wonderful woman. She was very powerful and very strong and you know, she was a force to be reckoned with,” Higgs said.

“She was a very beautiful light to a lot of people and she had a great, positive impact on the community here.”

According to a post on the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society website, Butcher graduated from the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law last year.

Undated photo of Nick Butcher, charged with the murder of Kristen Johnston.

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He also has degrees from McGill University in Montreal and the University of New Brunswick.

A LinkedIn profile for Nick Butcher was removed from the website on Monday.