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Woman to stand trial for girlfriend's death

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A Winnipeg woman will stand trial for allegedly murdering her long-time girlfriend, a Manitoba judge ruled this morning.

Shayla Woodford, 22, learned this morning that she would be committed to stand trial for second-degree murder in the Court of Queen's Bench in the death of Samantha Cherish Anderson.

Anderson died in hospital weeks after being stabbed and critically injured inside a Boyd Avenue home on Dec. 2, 2012.

Woodford was initially charged with aggravated assault but the charge was upgraded to murder following the victim's death.

Anderson turned 24 the day after she was critically injured.

Provincial court Judge Brian Corrin ruled to send her to trial for murder after a preliminary hearing.

A publication ban is in place meaning no details of what was presented at the hearing can be published.

Woodford also faces a charge of assault with a weapon after another 17-year-old girl in the home was slashed with a knife, but survived.

Woodford is presumed innocent of all charges.

A preliminary hearing court judge has no option but to commit a suspect to stand trial if the Crown can show there's even some evidence, which if believed, could cause a trial judge or jury to return a finding of guilt.

Woodford and Anderson started dating around 2008 and shared a rocky past marred at times by violence, according to court records.

Woodford's first appearance in the Court of Queen's Bench is June 11.

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Updated on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM CDT: Corrects wording

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