February 29, 2016
TORONTO: The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) announced that today the Ontario Court of Appeal will be asked to quash Maria Shepherd’s 25-year-old conviction for manslaughter in the 1991 death of her 3½ year old step-daughter, Kasandra.
This dramatic hearing before the Court of Appeal is based on fresh evidence that the opinions expressed at Ms. Shepherd’s trial by the now-discredited, pathologist, Dr. Charles Smith were dangerously wrong.
The hearing will commence at 10:00 a.m. this morning, Monday, February 29, 2016 before the Ontario Court of Appeal at Courtroom 10, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto.
Maria Shepherd, her husband Ashley, and their four children will be at the hearing of the appeal.
Maria Shepherd said yesterday:
“It has been a very long wait. I hope today that the Court of Appeal will clear my name.”
Media and members of the public are able to attend the Court of Appeal’s proceedings at 10:00 a.m.
In addition, there will be a PRESS CONFERENCE to be attended by Maria Shepherd and her family at:
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen St W, Toronto
For further information please contact:
James Lockyer: 416-518-7983
Russell Silverstein, co-President of AIDWYC, said today:
“Maria Shepherd has suffered immeasurably due to her wrongful conviction and deserves to have her name cleared by the Ontario Court of Appeal today. Sadly, she is not the only person to have suffered at the hands of Dr. Smith.”
On the late afternoon of Tuesday, April 9, 1991, Kasandra Shepherd began vomiting in her bedroom, was gasping for air and went into a coma. She was taken to the Hospital for Sick Kids (H.S.C) and two days later was taken off life support and died.
Dr. Charles [...]