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Ruffolo appeal set for June

Apr 27 2012

Ruby Ann Ruffolo's appeal of her conviction for the first-degree murder of her husband will be heard in B.C. Court of Appeal in Vancouver on June 18 and 19.

Vancouver criminal lawyer Howard Rubin has filed a factum, or written argument, with the B.C. Court of Appeal. John Gordon, Crown prosecutor with the criminal appeals office, will file his factum by May 23.

On Nov. 18, 2010, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Mary Humphries convicted Ruffolo of the October 2003 murder of her husband, John Ruffolo.

Humphries accepted the Crown's theory that Ruffolo gave her husband a sedative, then injected him with a fatal overdose of heroin, later leaving his body in a ditch in Langford.

Ruffolo testified that she did not kill her husband. Her lawyers argued that others had a motive to kill him and that the main Crown witnesses were not credible.

Ruffolo appealed her conviction in December 2010. Last May, Justice Mary Newbury released her on $100,000 bail pending the appeal. The Crown appealed, and in August, a Court of Appeal panel concluded it was not in the public interest for Ruffolo to be out on bail. She remains in prison.

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