Published on October 01, 2012
Melissa Ann Stewart, who also goes by Melissa Ann Friedrich and Millie Weeks, in this Guardian file photo dated 2005
Guardian file photo
Published on October 02, 2012
Melissa Ann Weeks, 77, of New Glasgow, N.S., and originally from Montague, Prince Edward Island, also known as the "Internet Black Widow," leaves a Cape Breton Regional Police Services vehicle escorted by Const. Erin Donovan, left, and Const.Geoff MacLeod for a court appearance at the Sydney Justice Centre Tuesday, Oct.2, 2012. Police in Cape Breton have charged Weeks with attempted murder after her husband suddenly became ill.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Vaughan Merchant
A 77-year-old woman dubbed the “Black Widow” who is charged with trying to murder an elderly man has waived her right to a preliminary hearing.
Crown prosecutor Diane McGrath says Melissa Shephard, previously referred to as Melissa Weeks and originally from Montague, P.E.I., appeared by video conference before a judge today in Sydney, N.S.
McGrath says Shephard elected a trial by judge and jury before the Nova Scotia Supreme.
The prosecutor says Shephard will remain in a Halifax jail and will be back before the court on Dec. 3, when a trial date will be set.
Shephard was charged last month with attempted murder and administering a noxious thing after 75-year-old Fred Weeks fell ill at a Sydney bed and breakfast.
McGrath says the courts have decided to use the woman’s earlier surname because the marriage to Weeks was never certified.