Ontario’s top court has acquitted a woman who pleaded guilty 25 years ago to killing her three-year-old stepdaughter.
The Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted argued before the Appeal Court Monday that Maria Shepherd’s 1992 conviction should be thrown out.
Shepherd, from Brampton, was implicated by disgraced pathologist Charles Smith in the death of her three-year-old stepdaughter Kasandra, and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Defence lawyer, James Lockyer, pointed out to justices that experts have now concluded Smith’s opinion was seriously flawed.
The Appeal Court took just a few minutes to render its decision.
Generally, the defendant was in a favourable mood on the steps of the courthouse after the acquittal, but said there needs to be some accountability.
“I think there needs to be a deeper look at accountability, not only from Smith but from his superiors as well.” said Shepherd.