Accused murderer from Abbotsford released on bail

Jeffrey Friesen was charged in February with killing his estranged wife, Leanne.

Leanne Friesen

Leanne Friesen

An Abbotsford man accused of murdering his wife was granted bail on Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court in Chilliwack.

Jeffrey Friesen was released from prison on a $150,000 surety, meaning another person has signed the bail and will be responsible for paying it if Friesen breaches any of his court-ordered conditions.

Conditions in these cases typically include no contact with the victim’s family, not carrying a weapon, reporting to a bail supervisor, and not being allowed to leave town.

Friesen, 40, has been charged with the second-degree murder of his estranged wife, Leanne Friesen, 40.

A date for his trial has not yet been set.

Leanne was found dead in the garage of her home in the 34800 block of Cassiar Court in Abbotsford on Feb. 6 after police received a call from a family member asking them to check on the well-being of a female resident.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team confirmed on Feb. 8 that Leanne had died of gunshot wounds. She left behind an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl.

This was Abbotsford’s first – and, so far, only – homicide of 2013.