The B.C. Court of Appeal has rejected Ruby Ann Rufollo's request for a new trial for the murder of her husband in 2003. She is serving a life sentence for first degree murder.

New trial denied for Ruby Ann Ruffolo

Ruby Ann Ruffolo has been denied a new trial and stands convicted of first-degree murder in the death of her husband

Ruby Ann Ruffolo has been denied a new trial and stands convicted of first-degree murder in the death of her husband nine years ago in Saanich.

Today in a written ruling, Court of Appeal for B.C. dismissed Ruffolo’s main argument that her second lawyer on her second trial was “ineffective” because he failed to question her daughter Jovanna Ruffolo on the daughter’s whereabouts on the night John Ruffolo was killed.

The appeal court dismissed an affidavit from Jovanna sworn in March this year that suggested she was at home the night of the murder and that she didn’t hear or see anything out of the ordinary.

On Nov. 18, 2010, Ruffolo was convicted of killing her husband John Ruffolo by giving him a protein shake laced with the drug amtripyline followed by a lethal dose of heroin on Oct. 19, 2003, at their Tulip Avenue home. A few days later his body was found in a ditch on Humpback Road in Langford.

Justice Lance Finch, who wrote the ruling, doubted Jovanna’s recollection of events were better now than in 2004 at age 13 or 14, when she told police she wasn’t sure if she was home the night of Oct. 19, 2003.

Ruffolo also argued that her lawyer Greg DelBigio failed to cross examine Jovanna on the daughter’s whereabouts the night of the murder, going against Rufollo’s wishes at her second trial. The justice noted that Ruffolo didn’t raise this issue until March this year, and had ample chances to do so during her trial.

Justice Finch also pointed out Rufollo’s suggestion her daughter was home contradicted her earlier rather detailed notes that Jovanna had spent the night at a friend’s house. Ruffolo’s attempt to “explain this evidence away” is “not capable of belief,” the justice wrote.

Other complaints by Ruffolo, such as her first lawyer giving ineffective assistance, or that her trial was unfair due to a procedural issue, were equally dismissed as baseless.

Ruffolo is serving a life sentence without a chance for parole for 25 years.

See the full court ruling here.

editor@saanichnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Island riders conquering new heights

With no races, cyclists tackle Everest challenge to lift community

Saanich police search for suspect accused of using stolen credit, debit cards

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers says suspect made numerous fraudulent purchases

Homeless woman sentenced to 18 months in jail for selling drugs to Victoria police officer

Officer paid $20 for a substance consisting of heroin, fentanyl and caffeine

Family restaurant to hold Saturday fundraiser for Beirut blast

Wrap and Roll will donate all sales to victims of blast

Police looking for witnesses of alleged assault in Burnside Gorge’s Cecila Ravine

Concerned woman pushed to the ground, had phone broken while taking a photo of a dog

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

Vancouver Island team takes on wacky challenges of world’s largest scavenger hunt

Greatest International Scavenger Hunt taking place Aug. 1-8

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Aug. 4

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read