An Alberta woman accused of shooting her common-law partner twice in the chest as he was lying on the couch, and then setting their house on fire in an effort to destroy the evidence, has taken the stand in her own defence.
Deborah Donnanco, who is 53, is arguing she suffered from battered woman syndrome, and would have been killed by Kevin Feland if she hadn’t defended herself on May 25, 2014.
It took place at their home in the Village of Glendon, northeast of Edmonton, with the trial taking place in nearby St. Paul.
“Donnanco broke down numerous times on the stand as she gave her testimony,” remarked Global News reporter Vinesh Pratap. “As she described both verbal and physical abuse against her she recalled one incident — how Feland threatened to kill her and her parents. I was terrified of him she told the court.”
Donnanco says on the day of the shooting Feland was high on drugs and in a paranoid state; at one point fishing in her month with his fingers looking for sleeping pills.
She then told the court she was in her room a while after that, when she heard a gunshot in the house saying “It paralyzed me, I was never so scared.”
But on that cliff-hanger, the proceedings ended for the day, to resume again Friday morning.
The Crown will have a chance to cross examine Donnanco, who is on trial for second-degree murder. (Global News/td)