’Black Widow’ charged with man’s attempted murder waives preliminary trial

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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.


Geographic location: Sydney, Montague, Halifax

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Recent comments

  • Jim Singleton
    November 22, 2012 - 07:18

    A Bad Old Egg,, At her age I'm wondering what she expected to get from killing another human being..

  • Mell
    November 21, 2012 - 21:13

    She is an evil manipulative woman and I hope everyone is "on their toes" as she is dangerous and evil. I certainly hope that unlike PEI judges, she will get full punishment in the courts there as she is one who does not deserve any kind of break in sentencing.

  • Just sayin
    November 21, 2012 - 20:15

    One less event on the taxpayer