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.