- 2015 Federal Election
Obstruction charges related to Beaverdell murder stayed
The Crown has halted prosecution against the woman charged with obstruction of justice in
relation to a 2008 murder.
Gerlinde Klumpp, who is in her 50s, was scheduled to go to trial in March on charges of obstruction, robbery and theft, but those charges were stayed Monday.
Crown counsel Jeffrey Dyment said following a preliminary hearing last May, the Crown reviewed the case as part of their “ongoing obligation” to assess whether or not there is a substantial likelihood of conviction.
“I concluded ‘no,’” said Dyment.
As a result, the charges were stayed.
The charges against Klumpp were laid in September, 2010, two years after Timothy Niven Tyler was shot to death on his Beaverdell acreage.
Police said he was involved in an outdoor marijuana grow operation and alleged that the 50-year-old was killed while trying to protect his crop.
One man, Geoffrey Moore, was charged with killing Tyler, but he died of cancer last year before a
trial could be held.
His death wasn’t behind the decision to stay charges, said Dyment.
“It’s an evidence issue,” he said.