Jury finds woman guilty for shooting husband, defence says appeal coming
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016 1:27AM EST
ST. PAUL, Alta. - A jury has found a woman whose lawyer suggested she suffered from battered woman syndrome guilty of second-degree murder for shooting her husband as he was lying on a couch.
Deborah Doonanco, 53, had been charged in the death of Kevin Feland in their home in the village of Glendon, Alta., in May 2014.
She testified that in the days before his death, his drug use was so bad she couldn't sleep and had become physically weak.
She said she couldn't reach out for help because he had told her she was his property and would find her and kill her if she started anything.
But the prosecution argued that after shooting Feland twice, Doonanco set the house on fire to destroy the evidence.
Court was told the couple had been married and then divorced, but later reconciled.