Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Murder Trial Hears Wife Abused before Man Shot, House Set on Fire

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Murder Trial Hears Wife Abused before Man Shot, House Set on Fire

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Murder trial hears man shot dead before fire

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ST. PAUL, Alta. - A jury has heard that an Alberta woman shot her husband as he was lying on a couch, then set their house on fire.

A second-degree murder trial has begun for 53-year-old Deborah Doonanco in St. Paul, northeast of Edmonton.

The Crown told the jury in an opening statement that Doonanco killed Kevin Feland in their home in the village of Glendon in May 2014.

The prosecutor said Doonanco then started the fire to destroy evidence.

Defence lawyer Brian Beresh told the jury that Doonanco was suffering from battered woman syndrome at the time.

He said Doonanco was afraid for her safety and hadn't eaten or slept for several days before the shooting.

Beresh also said Feland had been regularly using cocaine. …

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