An Edmundston man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a 70-year-old man in Rivière-Verte, New Brunswick.

RCMP

RCMP say the body of Roger Parent was found on the evening of February 13 inside his home on Soucy Road. Sylvain Bard was arrested four days later and charged with first-degree murder.

Police say the 50 -year-old Bard has been in custody since his arrest. Bard appeared in Edmundston Provincial Court Monday and pleaded guilty to the lesser count of second-degree murder.

He is scheduled to return to court on July 15 to be sentenced.