Woman known as the 'Black Widow' to stand trial on attempted murder next summer

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SYDNEY, N.S. - A trial date has been set for a 77-year-old woman accused of trying to kill a man only days after they were married in Nova Scotia.

Crown prosecutor Diane McGrath (mah-GRAW) says Melissa Shephard — dubbed the "Black Widow" for her criminal record linked to previous relationships — is scheduled to go on trial June 10, 2013.

A little over two weeks have been set aside for the jury trial before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Sydney.

McGrath says pre-trial motions will be dealt with at two hearings — one on April 25-26 and another on May 16-17.

Last month, Shephard waived her right to a preliminary hearing and has not applied for bail.

She was charged in October with attempted murder and administering a noxious substance after 75-year-old Fred Weeks fell ill at a bed and breakfast in North Sydney.

Shephard also went by the surname of Weeks, but the courts have decided to use her earlier surname because the marriage to Fred Weeks was never certified.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Supreme Court

Geographic location: SYDNEY, Nova Scotia, North Sydney

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