"Provocation defense" at Longueuil court
Closing arguments have been heard at the second-degree murder trial of Ellen Dennett. Her case centers on the defence of "sudden provocation".
Dennett left her daughter behind in California when she thought she had found love in Quebec with a man she'd met on-line. But the man had lied: about his life and about love.
Curiously, Dennett then moved in with the man's disabled mother, Kathleen Livingstone of Brossard, to work as her caretaker. But within weeks, Dennett killed the older woman. She later claimed that she was provoked by the victim's constant needling of her for abandoning her daughter and falling for her son.
The victim's friend, Sam Gaskell, is outraged by Dennett's defence of "sudden provocation".
Dennett wants her second-degree murder charge reduced to "manslaughter". The judge will rule March 15.