NEW WESTMINSTER – Beatrice Thomas has elected not to testify at her murder trial.
Thomas, 38, is accused of stabbing her common-law husband, Quannah O’Soup, to death in the tiny half-duplex the couple rented in North Delta.
Sheâ€™s being tried for second-degree murder in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.
O’Soup, 37, was stabbed on July 3rd, 2011.
â€œI can advise Ms. Thomas elects not to call evidence at this trial,â€ Thomasâ€™s lawyer Victoria Desroches told Justice Trevor Armstrong.
The Crown completed its case on Wednesday and is expected to deliver its final submissions on Friday while the defence is expected to present its final arguments on Monday.
The Crownâ€™s final witness, forensic pathologist Dr. Carol Lee, testified that it would have taken between two to seven pounds of force to break through the victimâ€™s chest skin with a sharp object.
The court heard Oâ€™Soup was stabbed in the coupleâ€™s living room, while guests were in the kitchen. He was a big man, at six feet tall and 257 pounds.
During cross-examination, Desroches asked Lee if the wound could have happened as Oâ€™Soup was coming toward Thomas.
â€œEasily he can be the aggressor coming toward the sharp object, correct?â€ Desroches asked.
â€œYes,â€ Lee replied.