B.C. woman acquitted of counselling distraught husband to suicide
Josh Hoffman, CHBZ, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, March 17, 2017 11:38AM PDT
Last Updated Friday, March 17, 2017 11:46AM PDT
CRANBROOK, B.C. - A woman accused of counselling her husband to suicide has been acquitted by a provincial court judge in Cranbrook, B.C.
Terri Reimer wept Thursday as Judge Ron Webb ruled there was reasonable doubt the defendant encouraged Bill Reimer to try to take his life on March 22, 2016.
Court was told Bill Reimer had already consumed more than 100 prescription pills when he and his wife had an angry exchange that was overheard by a family member, a former RCMP officer, as she spoke with him by phone.
Rhonda Reimer testified that she overheard the accused call the complainant a "coward" and that she would get him a gun.
The judge found insufficient evidence to convict Reimer of a charge of administering a noxious substance with intent to endanger.
He also ruled inconsistencies in testimony throughout the proceedings also prevented him from convicting Reimer of counselling suicide.