Nova Scotia's 'Black Widow' set to stand trial on attempted murder next summer
Melissa Ann Weeks, 77, of New Glasgow, N.S., also known as the 'Internet Black Widow,' leaves a Cape Breton Regional Police Services vehicle escorted by Const. Erin Donovan, left, and Const.Geoff MacLeod for a court appearance at the Sydney Justice Centre Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (Vaughan Merchant / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Monday, December 3, 2012 2:30PM EST
SYDNEY, N.S. -- A trial date has been set for a 77-year-old woman accused of trying to kill a man only days after they were married in Nova Scotia.
Crown prosecutor Diane McGrath says Melissa Shephard -- dubbed the "Black Widow" for her criminal record linked to previous relationships -- is scheduled to go on trial June 10, 2013.
A little over two weeks have been set aside for the jury trial before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Sydney.
McGrath says pre-trial motions will be dealt with at two hearings: one on April 25-26 and another on May 16-17.
Last month, Shephard waived her right to a preliminary hearing and has not applied for bail.
She was charged in October with attempted murder and administering a noxious substance after 75-year-old Fred Weeks fell ill at a bed and breakfast in North Sydney.
Shephard also went by the surname of Weeks, but the courts have decided to use her earlier surname because the marriage to Fred Weeks was never certified.