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McClintic to be tried for assaulting female inmate

Jane Sims, QMI Agency

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LONDON, ONT. - 

Terri-Lynne McClintic, already serving a life sentence for the murder of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford, will have her trial date set next week for allegedly assaulting an inmate.

McClintic made a brief court appearance via video link Thursday in the Ontario Court of Justice. Her defence lawyer Geoff Snow told the court he had instructions to set the case for trial.

That date is to be set on Tuesday.

McClintic, 21, is charged with assault causing bodily harm against fellow inmate Aimee McIntyre, who's also serving a life sentence at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ont.

Snow wouldn't give details of the allegations and said the decision to go to trial was entirely McClintic's.

"I support her taking this to trial," he said.

McClintic was one of the key witnesses at the ongoing first-degree murder trial of Michael Rafferty, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the little girl's death on April 8, 2009.

She pleaded guilty in the Tori case and was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years.

During her testimony, McClintic changed her story and said she killed Tori after Rafferty had sexually assaulted her. The jury was allowed to see a prior confession where she said it was Rafferty who killed the child.

jane.sims@sunmedia.ca