Murder trial begins for Abbotsford man

Robert McMath is accused of the second-degree murder of his estranged wife, Janice, in 2008.

The trial was began Monday in B.C. Supreme Court in Chilliwack for an Abbotsford man accused of killing his estranged wife in 2008.

Robert McMath, 69, is accused of shooting Janice McMath, 64, at the family’s rural property on McMath Street in Bradner on May 28, 2008.

The couple were reported to have been in the midst of a divorce at the time.

Janice was sent to hospital with gunshot wounds to the chest. She died 10 days later.

McMath was initially charged with first-degree murder, but a Supreme Court judge quashed that charge in early 2011, saying there was not enough evidence to indicate the shooting involved planning and deliberation.

An application was then granted for McMath to stand trial for second-degree murder.