Charges dropped for murderer Keith Wiens

Keith Wiens leaving the Penticton Courthouse.
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PENTICTON - Crown Counsel dropped charges last week against an ex-RCMP officer who was found guilty of murdering his common-law wife in 2011.

Keith G. Wiens, who is facing a life sentence in federal prison, was charged with breaching his restrictions. Crown prosecutor John Swanson, who was assigned the case, said he was not told by higher ups why the charges were being dropped.

Wiens said during a video conference call in Penticton Provincial Court that he wants to make an application to have Swanson off the case. Wiens said Swanson had a conflict of interest in the case.

Wiens was scheduled to make a formal application, however Crown is unsure whether he will continue with the application since the charges have been dropped.

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