A central Alberta woman who says she was suffering from battered woman syndrome and feared for her life when she shot her partner dead at their home in Glendon, northeast of Edmonton in 2014, was back on the stand Friday, Nov. 4.
Deborah Donnanco told the court she divorced her husband Kevin Feland when the relationship became abusive, but depressed and thinking she had nobody, they got back together in late 2012.
But she says Feland then started doing crack cocaine, and the violence and paranoia returned.
“Donnanco alleges that Feland was coming off a high and she made another demand for him to leave the relationship,” remarked Global News reporter Vinesh Pratap. “She testified that Feland then went for a gun that was located near him. She told the court I grabbed the gun to my body. I shot him. I shot him and then I ran. I never looked back.”
The Crown is now cross-examining the accused, trying to prove she was not fearful for her life when she was in the relationship after charging her with second-degree murder.
Donnanco admitted to getting into a jealous argument with another woman at a party in 2012, after the woman grabbed Feland by the arm.
She’ll be back on the stand on Monday, Nov 7. (Global News/td)