Confessed killer Megan Elizabeth Springstead has finally reached the front of the line at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre, court was told Thursday.
A sentencing date for Springstead has been delayed several times, as doctors at the psychiatric center had deemed her a low priority for a risk assessment. Springstead has been convicted of manslaughter for helping her then-boyfriend kill their roommate.
But defense lawyer Kirstin Lancee said counsel have received a letter from Dr. Yuri Metelitsa indicating “Ms. Springstead has finally been entered into the program.”
Lancee asked Justice Pat Sullivan to adjourn the case to Aug. 19, to set a sentencing date once they have the court-ordered risk assessment done.
When Springstead’s case was in court two weeks ago, Crown prosecutor Doug Taylor said the admitted killer remained a low priority at the medical facility.
At the time Taylor said it was the third time the case had been called in criminal appearance court to set a sentencing date since Springstead pleaded guilty last November to a reduced charge of manslaughter in the killing of Mahmoud Ahmed Aburashed.
The prosecutor suggested he and Springstead’s lawyers might come to an agreement on a suitable sentence for Springstead, alleviating the need for the report, but Lancee said no consensus has been reached.
Springstead, 35, had been charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 13, 2019, killing of Aburashed. She admitted helping Allen James McCabe, who plead guilty to second-degree murder, tape the victim‘s arms and legs after he’d been assaulted by her boyfriend in a dispute over a $450 drug debt.
Aburashed died of asphyxia either through manual strangulation or pressure being applied to his neck with an object, such as a crowbar.
McCabe, who was originally charged with first-degree murder