03/16/2012 07:15 EDT | Updated 03/16/2012 07:27 EDT

Michael Rafferty Trial: McClintic, Convicted Of Murdering Tori Stafford, To Take The Stand Again


LONDON, Ont. - A woman convicted of first-degree murder in the death of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford is set to take the stand again today at the trial of her former boyfriend.

Michael Rafferty, 31, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping in the April 2009 death of the Grade 3 student.

His former girlfriend, Terri-Lynne McClintic, 21, pleaded guilty two years ago and has been testifying this week at Rafferty's trial.

McClintic has told the court she kidnapped Tori outside her Woodstock, Ont., school, then in a rural area more than 100 kilometres north she says Rafferty sexually assaulted the girl then she killed her with a hammer.

Court has also heard that McClintic originally said Rafferty was the one who killed Tori.

McClintic is set to return as a witness today, after lawyers spent Thursday making legal arguments without the jury present, so what was said cannot be reported.

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