Tori killer to go to trial for alleged assault of inmate

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LONDON, Ont. — The woman convicted of murdering eight-year old Victoria ‘Tori’ Stafford will go to trial in September on an assault charge involving a female prison inmate.

Terri-Lynne McClintic, 21, will go to trial in the Ontario court of justice in Kitchener, Ont., on Sept. 12.

The date was set Wednesday when McClintic appeared in court by video.

Her defence lawyer is Geoff Snow, of London, Ont.

McClintic is charged with assault causing bodily harm involving Aimee McIntyre, an inmate at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener.

McClintic is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years for the first-degree murder of Tori, who disappeared from her Woodstock, Ont., school on April 8, 2009.

She pleaded guilty to the charge and became the Crown’s key witness in the trial against co-accused Michael Rafferty, 31, who has pleaded not guilty in the case.

In one of the dramatic twists in the case, McClintic changed her story, claiming she killed the child after Rafferty sexually assaulted her.

The jury was allowed to see her police statement where she said Rafferty was the girl’s killer.

After nine weeks of testimony, Rafferty’s case is entering a new phase at the end of the week when it’s expected his defence lawyer Dirk Derstine will make his final arguments to the jury.

The Crown is slated to argue Monday and will be followed by Superior Court Justice Thomas Heeney’s instructions before the jury will start deliberating its verdict.

The complainant in McClintic’s latest case is also serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

McIntyre, 29, of Bobcaygeon, Ont., was convicted in May 2010 of arranging for two young men — one of them her young boyfriend — to stab her former lover to death.