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Case of daughter charged with aiding suicide of mother back in Alberta court

December 17, 2013 - 1:00 AM

HINTON, Alta. - The case of a U.S. woman charged with aiding the suicide of her mother in an Alberta mountain town is scheduled to be back in court.

Linda Jean McNall was charged in May after the death of her mother Shirley Vann.

Vann, who was in her 70s, was found dead inside a vehicle parked in front of the hospital in Hinton, about 300 kilometres west of Edmonton.

McNall was admitted to hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening and was charged by RCMP four days later.

At a court appearance in the summer, McNall was ordered to undergo a psychiatric assessment.

Her lawyer told court she was concerned that her 53-year-old client was suicidal and suggested it was possible that McNall could have a mental disorder and be found not criminally responsible for the alleged crime.

The Crown has said it appears the mother and daughter had been on holiday in Canada from Arizona or Idaho for about three weeks to a month before Vann died.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
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