Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mom of Southern Alberta Man Found Guilty in Death of Wife Says He's Innocent

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mom of Southern Alberta Man Found Guilty in Death of Wife Says He's Innocent

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'He beat her:' man guilty in death of wife

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FORT MACLEOD, Alta. - A judge in southern Alberta has found a man guilty of manslaughter in the death of his 22-year-old wife.

The courtroom erupted in applause Wednesday when Allen Day Rider was convicted of killing Brittany Medicine Crane, who was found dead in their home in Standoff on May 21, 2015.

Judge Eric Peterson said he believed friends and family of Medicine Crane, who testified 30-year-old Day Rider had abused her in the past, and did so again hours before her death.

The autopsy report concluded Medicine Crane died from multiple blunt force injuries to her head, neck, torso and extremities, and the medical examiner suggested she was also strangled.

Day Rider's lawyer said the injuries could have been caused by a fall or a series of falls, as Medicine Crane had been extremely intoxicated, but the judge said that was "wholly unreasonable."

Peterson pointed out Day Rider was arrested with Medicine Crane's blood on his pants, his blood was found under one of her fingernails and around the house where her body was discovered, and his face had been scratched and bloodied. …

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