Carrie Steves’ killing of her ex-husband was one of several domestic homicides in western Canada over the past three months, prompting calls for tougher laws in the country.
The 25-year-old, who was arrested in February, was charged with second-degree murder after police said she stabbed her estranged husband in the head and chest with a kitchen knife while he slept.
Steves was released on bail in early March and has not been charged in the case.
The killing prompted protests in northern Ontario and calls for gun-control measures in the province.
The Alberta Law Society’s executive director, Peter Janssen, said in a statement that a “strong and clear set of gun laws will not be able to deter domestic violence or protect our communities.”
“If there is a firearm in the home, then it is a weapon of war, and anyone can use it, regardless of their social standing or their background,” he said.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police also called for tougher gun laws.
The RCMP said it is investigating the case and would not comment further until an investigation is complete.