Jury trial set in 2016 South Dundas murder case

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL/SOUTH DUNDAS – A Nova Scotia woman will stand trial early in the new year in the 2016 death of a man in South Dundas.

Beverly Thomas, 60, of Digby, N.S. was charged with first-degree murder in September 2018 after the death of 67-year-old Edward Allen. The charge came after a two-and-a-half year investigation by OPP and the RCMP in Nova Scotia.

Allen was found in medical distress after someone made a late-night phone call for help from a home on Chess Road, northwest of Iroquois, on Feb. 6, 2016. He died shortly after from undisclosed injuries.

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Cornwall has set aside six weeks for the trial, starting Jan. 10, 2022.

Court records show the accused has elected to be tried by a jury of her peers. Picking the jury will likely happen sometime this fall.

The case went through a judicial pretrial last week and is set for pretrial motions in early November before the trial next year.

A first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no possibility of parole for at least 25 years.