Partner of N.S. gunman no longer executor of estate valued at $1.2 million


The girlfriend of a gunman who carried out a mass shooting in Nova Scotia has renounced her right to be the executor of his will for an estate initially valued at more than $1.2 million.

The woman, whom police have referred to as the gunman's common law spouse, was named as the executor of his estate in the last will and testament.

In a court document before probate court sworn on May 25, the woman seeks to renounce her status as executor, asking that the estate be administered by the public trustee.

The 51-year-old denturist killed 22 people and burned multiple residences in five communities on April 18 and 19, beginning his rampage after arguing with and assaulting his partner at one of his properties in Portapique, N.S.

Police have said the woman managed to escape into the woods.

The RCMP have said she emerged from hiding early on April 19, went to the home of a neighbour and contacted police to inform them the gunman was driving a replica RCMP vehicle and possessed multiple firearms.

(This story has been edited by Bell Media staff to remove the name of the shooter)

UPDATE: The Canadian Press erroneously reported in a June 15 story that the girlfriend of the gunman who carried out a mass shooting in Nova Scotia had renounced her claim to his estate. In fact, the probate court document says only that the woman renounced her right to be executor of Gabriel Wortman's estate.