Judge in Douglas Hales murder trial to go over medical records
Defence of Douglas Hales wants Daleen Bosse's medical records
Hales is accused of killing Bosse 10 years ago.
On Friday, Hales' defence team told the court that the woman's cause of death was never proven by the autopsy report that was conducted on her remains.
The defence asked presiding Justice Gerald Allbright to consider this as he was presented with Bosse's full medical history by a third party on Friday.
A member of Hales' defence told the court they had consulted with a toxicology expert in Vancouver who advised them that mixtures of prescription and non-prescription drugs with alcohol can cause serious health issues including severe metabolic problems and death.
At present, the only medical history known about Bosse was disclosed by her husband who testified that she had been taking antidepressants to help her deal with a miscarriage and occasionally went out and drank, sometimes heavily.
On Friday, the defence suggested that Bosse may have in fact died from alcohol poisoning, rather than strangulation, and therefore her medical records were needed to establish absolute clarity on the cause of the her death.
Beverly Jacobs, an advocate for indigenous women and a practising lawyer from Ontario, spoke on behalf of the crown before Bosse's records were presented.
Jacobs, who told CBC News she is attending the murder trial to support Bosse's family, said that if the court admits Bosse's medical records as evidence, it will further victimize the murdered woman and her family.
"It will prejudice her dignity," Jacobs told the court Friday.
At present, neither the crown nor the defence has viewed any part of Bosse's medical history.
Justice Allbright took a 40 minute recess to review Bosse's medical history privately on Friday morning. After, he told the court that he believed there were some parts of the records that are highly personal and irrelevant to the case. He also said there were some parts of the medical records that he believes Bosse would have wanted on the record at Hales' trial.
Allbright said he will take the weekend to review Bosse's records so he can decide what exact facts will be disclosed to the court.