An elderly woman who's been dubbed Canada's Internet black widow could be headed for a plea bargain on the charge of attempting to murder her latest husband.
The Halifax Chronicle Herald reports Crown prosecutor handling the case of Melissa Shepard says the original 12-day trial scheduled to start Monday before a judge alone in Nova Scotia Supreme Court has been cut to just a day and a half.
“There has been significant developments in the Crown’s case,” Diane McGrath told the newspaper, adding that she has told all the prosecution witnesses that they won't be needed.
“Until all the information is before the judge, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on it.”
Shepard, who's been variously pegged at 77 or 78 years old, is charged with attempting to murder Fred Weeks of New Glasgow, N.S., by administering a noxious substance — the sedative drug benzodiazepine — the just four days after they were married.
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