Red Deer County woman accused of murdering her husband may still avoid trial

Robin Berresford facing manslaughter charge in connection with husband’s February 2019 death

Red Deer’s chief Crown prosecutor is still considering a resolution that would allow a woman accused of killing her husband to plead guilty and avoid a trial.

Robin Berresford was charged with first-degree murder after RCMP responded to a call this past Feb. 27 to the Balmoral Heights home she shared with her husband, Matthew Berresford, and their two children.

When police arrived at the house just east of Red Deer, they found her husband dead.

Following a preliminary hearing last month, Berresford was ordered to stand trial on the lesser charge of manslaughter with a firearm.

Assistant chief Crown prosecutor Ed Ring told Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Craig Jones on Monday that a resolution proposal was still under review.

A decision is expected to be ready by the next arraignment day in court on Feb. 3.

Two weeks beginning on May 10, 2021, have already been set aside for a trial, if needed.

In the meantime, a pretrial conference with Berresford’s lawyer, Mona Duckett, and the Crown prosecutor has been set for April 1, should the trial go ahead.



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