On Wednesday evening the 12-member jury made the decision which reported that Bernadette Neepin considered guilty in the manslaughter of Frederick Bird committed in 2016. In March 2016, the police were called to the house located on Allenby Drive in Winnipeg's Transcona area.
They found Frederick Bird dead. The women’s lawyers asked the judge to find the woman innocent on the original second-degree murder charge, as she was drunk and defended her 4-year-old son. According to the woman, the man tried to molest her little son.
Greg Brodsky, the woman’s lawyer, claimed that the woman acted spontaneously with the aim of protecting the child. Bernadette Neepin also did not consider herself guilty. The lawyer expressed an opinion that the woman was too drunk to plan an attack on Bird.
In court it became known that the killed man, the woman and their mutual friend drank alcohol that evening. When the toxicologist Christopher Keddy made special tests, he found out that Bird had traces from marijuana and alcohol in his blood.
The lawyer also added that the man’s indicators could be fatal for most people. Moreover, his condition could lead to inadequate behavior towards the child. However, the man’s injuries were very serious and showed that the woman was not just trying to protect the child. She stabbed the man with a knife four times.
The accused revealed all the details about what had happened and said that she did not remember how she stabbed the man. There was an opinion that the woman simply tried to hide the extent of her intoxication and to confuse the judge.
After the trial ended and the judge passed the verdict, the woman and her lawyers were satisfied with the decision of the judge. She was found guilty in manslaughter, and not in second-degree murder.