Murder suspect back in court next month
A Kamloops man accused of murdering his common-law wife during a domestic dispute last weekend isn’t expected to appear in a courtroom until next month.
Gerald Raymond Peters, 48, is facing one count of second-degree murder in the death of 48-year-old Deborah Anne Joseph.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, emergency crews found Joseph’s lifeless body inside a home in the 600-block of East Shuswap Road on the Tk’emlups Indian Band reserve.
Initial reports indicated she had been stabbed, but police have yet to confirm that.
Court documents show Peters has a history of domestic violence.
Earlier this month, he was sentenced to an 18-month probation term after pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm. That charge dated back to an incident on July 2, 2011.
In June 2008, he served two weeks in jail after breaching the terms of his probation stemming from a previous assault conviction.
An autopsy was performed on Joseph’s body on Monday, Oct. 22. Police have said they will not be releasing any more information about the circumstances surrounding her death.
Peters, who has been in custody since his arrest shortly after Joseph was found dead, is expected to appear in Kamloops provincial court on Nov. 8.