House­break­ing charge against Wendy Scott with­drawn Tues­day in court

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY -

Crown pros­e­cu­tion with­drew a charge of house­break­ing with in­tent to com­mit a crime laid in July against a Medicine Hat wo­man who had mur­der charges against her stayed in Jan­uary.

The house­break charge against Wendy Joy Scott was with­drawn Thurs­day at the Medicine Hat Court­house due to un­like­li­hood of con­vic­tion.

Po­lice charged two women af­ter an al­leged July 19 incident where a vic­tim said two peo­ple came into her liv­ing suite and at­tempted to col­lect money owed to some­body else. Po­lice said the incident was drug-re­lated.

One of those charged was Scott — who had been con­victed of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and sen­tenced in Nov. 2012 to life in prison with no el­i­gi­bil­ity for pa­role for 10 years — but for whom the Al­berta Court of Ap­peal or­dered a re­trial in Oct. 2015.

This re­trial oc­curred, as a Court of Queen’s Bench jus­tice granted the Crown’s re­quest for a stay of pro­ceed­ings on Jan. 13 of this year. A sim­i­lar stay of pro­ceed­ings oc­curred with Scott’s coac­cused Con­nie Oakes on April 2016.

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