Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Accused of Murdering Wife Wants Second Trial Moved out of Kamloops, B.C

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Accused of Murdering Wife Wants Second Trial Moved out of Kamloops, B.C

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Man accused of murdering wife wants trial moved

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A man facing a second murder trial on allegations that he drowned his wife in Revelstoke, B.C., wants to move the proceedings out of Kamloops.

Peter Beckett, 59, is charged with murdering Laura Letts-Beckett in Upper Arrow Lake in August 2010.

The couple lived in the rural community of Westlock, Alta., about 90 kilometres north of Edmonton, and were vacationing in B.C. when Letts-Beckett died.

Last month, after a trial spanning three months and deliberations over seven days, the jury could not come to a unanimous verdict and a mistrial was declared.

At a pre-trial conference Wednesday in Kamloops, Beckett and his lawyer Donna Turko indicated they will apply to have the second trial in another city due to publicity surrounding the case. …

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