Defence begins in case of Quebec man charged with killing ailing wife

A Quebec woman who was allegedly killed by her husband as she suffered from advanced Alzheimer's had told family she didn't want to end up like their mother, who also had the disease, a jury heard Thursday.

Johanne Lizotte took the stand today in defence of Michel Cadotte, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her sister, Jocelyne Lizotte.

Jocelyne Lizotte was 60 and in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease that had left her unable to care for herself and detached from reality. She was found dead in her bed at a Montreal long-term care facility in 2017.

The trial has heard that a year earlier Cadotte sought a medically assisted death for his wife of 19 years and was told by centre staff she didn't qualify.

Johanne Lizotte told jurors their mother had Alzheimer's and died in 2005. She said her sister confided in her on numerous occasions that she didn't want to end up in the same state.

``I can tell you my sister told me repeatedly while my mother was still ill that she did not want to lose her dignity, that she would rather die than stay like our mother was,'' she testified.