Provincial courthouse in Terrace, B.C. (File photo)

Murder trial pushed back to September

In-depth psychological assessment of accused was ordered during pre-trial

A new jury trial date has been set for early September in the case involving the death of 59-year old Nancy Morgan last August.

Mila-Ann Watts, 30, faces charges of second-degree murder, attempted murder of another woman on the scene at the time of the incident, and aggravated assault.

A pre-trial was heard on April 12 with Crown Counsel present, with the defence counsel and judge appearing by phone.

On Aug. 2 Terrace RCMP were called to a townhouse on the 4500-block of Scott Avenue where they discovered a 33-year old woman suffering from serious but non-life threatening injuries. Morgan was found deceased inside the residence. Watts was still on scene and taken into custody.

READ MORE: Court adjourned for Watts case

Police say all three women are known to each other. Social media posts offering condolences and prayers indicated Morgan was Watts’ mother.

The trial is expected to start Sept. 3 and will continue for five weeks. It was originally scheduled to start Aug. 26 but was postponed for the completion of a psychological assessment.

The assessment could provide insight as to whether or not Watts was at the time of the offence, suffering from a mental disorder as to be exempt from criminal responsibility.

The defence counsel is expected to have a preliminary report later this month to keep the case moving forward. Another pre-trial date has been set for the last week in June.

READ MORE: 30-year old woman charged in Scott Avenue homicide

A publication ban was ordered on the pre-trial hearings that prevent the Terrace Standard from reporting on any evidence presented.


 


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