Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Woman Accused of Killing Husband Takes Stand in Her Defence

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Woman Accused of Killing Husband Takes Stand in Her Defence

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Woman accused of murder takes stand

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ST. PAUL, Alta. - A woman accused of shooting her husband as he was lying on a couch has testified that in the days before his death, his drug use was so bad she couldn't sleep and had become physically weak.

Deborah Doonanco, 53, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kevin Feland in their home in the village of Glendon, Alta., in May 2014.

The prosecution has suggested that after shooting Feland twice, Doonanco set the house on fire to destroy the evidence.

The defence is arguing she suffered from battered woman syndrome and would have been killed if she hadn't defended herself.

On Thursday, Doonanco testified Feland used drugs every day that week and that the sound of his torch as he inhaled the crack cocaine and then his pacing around the house all night kept her awake.

She estimated she had slept maybe three and a half hours in the whole week.

"I couldn't eat, sleep, think, function, or talk to anyone," she told court in St. …

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