A preliminary inquiry has begun for Claudia Valerie De Assumpcao, who is facing a murder charge following an incident in Kimberley in March 2013.
Held in Cranbrook criminal court in front of Justice Grant Sheard, the inquiry started off with witness testimony on Monday morning
The evidence and identity of witnesses presented in the inquiry are under a publication ban.
A preliminary inquiry determines whether there is enough evidence for Crown counsel to proceed to trial.
According to RCMP, on Friday, March 8, 2013, the Kimberley detachment, BC Coroner’s Service and Southeast District Major Crime Section were called to investigate the suspicious death of a man at a Marysville residence.
On Saturday, March 9, RCMP arrested the 37-year-old girlfriend of the deceased, whom RCMP said was living with the deceased at his time of death.
De Assumpcao was charged with second-degree murder and arson in relation to inhabited property for an offence committed in Kimberley on March 8.