01/18/2012 07:03 EST | Updated 03/19/2012 05:12 EDT

Wife Of Russell Williams Files Defence In Victim's Suit

The estranged wife of convicted murderer Russell Williams has issued a statement of defence in a civil suit brought against her by one of her husband's victims.

The lawyer for Mary Elizabeth Harriman — wife of a disgraced former colonel and one-time base commander of Canadian Forces Base Trenton in eastern Ontario — told CBC News she will vigorously defend her client against allegations that she colluded with her husband to transfer property to her name.

Laurie Massicotte, who was sexually assaulted by Williams, claims the couple were trying to protect their assets from lawsuits by shifting them to Harriman.

Masicotte filed her lawsuit in September 2011 against Williams, Harriman and the Ontario Provincial Police, seeking $7 million in damages. None of Masicotte's claims have been proven in court.

Harriman’s lawyer plans to ask the court to seal documents in the case related to her client’s professional life, personal financial situation and legal affairs.

Williams pleaded guilty to 88 charges and was sentenced in October 2010 to two terms of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for the first-degree murders of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau and Jessica Lloyd.

Williams was also sentenced to 10 years for each of his two charges of sexual assault and two charges of forcible confinement, as well as one year for each of the other 82 charges.

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