An RCMP cruiser sits outside a home on Kelowna’s Bechard Road after a suspicious death on Monday, Oct. 18. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

An RCMP cruiser sits outside a home on Kelowna’s Bechard Road after a suspicious death on Monday, Oct. 18. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

Woman in Kelowna court on charges of murder of partner

Billie-Jo Bennett has been in custody since Dec. 2021

A woman with no previous criminal record appeared in Kelowna courts on Aug. 12 for a charge of second degree murder of her spouse, James Wesley Bennett.

On Oct. 18, 2021, shortly before 7 a.m., Kelowna RCMP responded to a call at a residence on Bechard Road. Officers found the deceased man and arrested Billie-Jo Bennett, 54 at the time. She was released the next day without charge.

Bennett was then apprehended under the Mental Health Act and taken to Kelowna General Hospital. She was arrested again on Dec. 8.

She has been in custody since her arrest.

READ MORE: Kelowna woman charged with murder of partner has case moved to Supreme Court

The Aug. 12, pre-trial conference will be followed up by another appearance on Aug. 30.

The purpose of the conference is to ensure that accurate time estimates have been determined to make sure hearings are completed as scheduled.

Jury selection for the trial is scheduled for January 5, 2023 and the trial will begin on January 9, 2023.

The case is “a matter of intimate partner violence,” said Supt. Kara Triance in a press conference on Oct. 21, 2021. She said the man and the woman were living in the house together and neither of the two were known to police before the incident.

RCMP initially recommended a first-degree murder charge to the B.C. Prosecution Service but it was not approved based on the initial evidence sent, said Triance.


@Rangers_mom
Jacqueline.Gelineau@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our daily and subscribe to our daily newsletter.

City of Kelownamurder

Be Among The First To Know

Sign up for a free account today, and receive top headlines in your inbox Monday to Saturday.

Sign Up with google Sign Up with facebook

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Reset your password

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

A link has been emailed to you - check your inbox.



Don't have an account? Click here to sign up
Pop-up banner image