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Family responds to murder charge

Westlock resident Peter Beckett appeared in Kelowna Provincial Court last week and put his matters over until Aug. 30 in Salmon Arm, according to a courthouse clerk.
Peter Beckett, who stands accused of murdering his wife Laura Letts Beckett (pictured), will appear again in a Salmon Arm courtroom Aug. 30.
Peter Beckett, who stands accused of murdering his wife Laura Letts Beckett (pictured), will appear again in a Salmon Arm courtroom Aug. 30.

Westlock resident Peter Beckett appeared in Kelowna Provincial Court last week and put his matters over until Aug. 30 in Salmon Arm, according to a courthouse clerk.

Beckett, who stands accused of first-degree murder in relation to the death of his wife Laura Letts Beckett, appeared in court Thursday and put the matters over.

He was arrested Aug. 12 following a year-long investigation.

Letts Beckett died Aug. 18, 2010 in Shelter Bay Provincial Park in B.C. At the time, RCMP believed she fell over the side of the boat.

She was not wearing a life jacket and could not swim.

She was a teacher at the Dapp School, and would have gone back to work that school year. The school’s administration have said she was well liked by students and staff alike.

Letts Beckett’s family has asked for their privacy to be respected, but issued a statement through B.C. RCMP Cpl. Terry Jacklin.

“We believe the investigation is over. As a family, we’re waiting for the justice system to take its course. Please respect our family’s privacy as we remember the anniversary of Laura’s death,” the statement said.