Wanda Ash found guilty of manslaughter in 2013 death of Jason Skinner

A woman who had been charged with first-degree murder in the April 2013 death of a Grand Falls-Windsor man has been found guilty of manslaughter.
Wanda Ash has been found guilty of manslaughter for the 2013 death of Jason Skinner. (Julia Cook)

A woman who had been charged with first-degree murder for the April 2013 death of Jason Skinner in Grand Falls-Windsor has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Wanda Ash was originally charged with first-degree murder but during the trial, it was changed to manslaughter.

Ash will be held in custody until her sentencing in April.

Skinner was found seriously injured at his home in Grand Falls-Windsor by RCMP officers in April 2013. He died after being rushed to the hospital.

'Justice for Jason'

Skinner's family welcomed the jury's verdict.

"Justice for Jason is always what we would talk about and it's a little bit of justice for Jason," said Skinner's aunt, Mary Ellen Giles. "She's not getting away with it."

Giles said the family started to worry that a verdict would never be reached in the trial.

For instance, the Supreme Court of Canada's  R. v Jordan case allows for the defence to apply to a judge to toss out a case if a verdict in a trial is not reached within a reasonable time frame.  

"That was always our fear — 'would anything come from this?" Giles said. 

She said relatives remember Skinner as a helpful neighbour, always wearing a smile, and as an "integral" part of the family. 

She said her nephew did have his demons, as he had battled drug addiction in his adult life. 

"He was trying to make amends for that," said Giles, adding that he had scheduled to start a addictions treatment program the week after he was killed. 

Another woman awaiting trial

Another woman, Pamela Pike, was also arrested and charged, and will be tried by a jury at a later date.

There was a broad-ranging publication ban on Ash's trial. It covered all evidence, submissions and instructions to the jury.

The case was the first jury trial in a long time in Grand Falls-Windsor.