Shearer convicted of Sheppard killing

Murder conviction sought, manslaughter conviction the decision.

Candice Dawn Shearer has been convicted of manslaughter of the 2016 killing of Anna Sheppard.

Representatives and family members of Sheppard and Shearer were on hand in BC Supreme Court in Dawson Creek this morning to hear the verdict.

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Shearer, born 1986, was arrested after Anna Sheppard was found dead in her 116th Ave. home the evening of Nov. 12.

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, second-degree murder is a form of homicide that lacks the intent and planning necessary for first-degree murder. 

Shearer was acquitted of second-degree murder but found guilty of manslaughter. Sentencing will be withheld to a later date.

Late last year, Shearer elected trial by judge alone after many in the community were summoned for jury duty pool related to the case.

Court heard various evidence related to the case, from a history of violence documented by Sheppard happening to her for years as well as evidence related to the afternoon of November 12, 2016.

Manslaughter is a type of homicide in which the accused lacked an intent to cause death. Unless the accused used a firearm in the offence, there is no minimum sentence for manslaughter. In cases where a gun was used, the minimum sentence is four years. 

Manslaughter and second-degree murder are also distinguished by the degree of intent. For example, the Crown will sometimes pursue a second-degree murder charge if an accused person displayed reckless disregard in causing harm that could lead to death. 

This is a developing story.

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