News Charge against Boland downgraded to second degree murder SHARE ON: Doug Crosse, staff Thursday Apr. 11th, 2019 Photo: Supplied The charge of murder against a Bracebridge man has been downgraded. Bryan Boland was facing a first-degree murder charge in the May 26th, 2017 death of his wife Wendy. That charge was downgraded to second-degree murder last week at a judgment of a preliminary trial in Barrie Superior Court. Boland will next appear on May 3rd for a judicial pre-trial, again in Barrie. Boland was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after the body of his wife was discovered in their driveway on Wellington Street in 2017. He was denied bail after his arrest.