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Accused killer back behind bars

Brandy Cummings was waiting to tattoo a friend on Wednesday afternoon   when the call she had been waiting for, for months, came in.

It was her aunt Donna Irwin on the other end telling her Keith Wiens, the retired B.C. Mountie charged in connection with the death of her mother , 55-year-old Lynn Kalmring in August ,had allegedly violated the conditions of his bail and was again behind bars.

“She called and said they got his ass in jail,” she said. “I thought finally my family can rest, knowing something has been done.”

Penticton RCMP made the arrest for breach of recognizance on Wednesday, according to RCMP Sgt. Rick Dellebuur. Wiens is presently in custody and expected to make an appearance in Penticton Court on Monday.

Wiens had been released on a recognizance of bail on Aug. 30, 2011 with various conditions after he was charged with the Aug. 16, 2011 death of Kalmring, his common law partner.

According to Cummings, Wiens was released from jail after only 13 days on a $50,000 bail agreement. He was ordered to live with his brother, but the brother moved away in October.

“The shooting itself at her home in Penticton was absolutely horrifying. My mom was a nurse who didn‘t deserve this,” she said. “Since then it has probably been the hardest thing knowing this man who shot my mom in the face is out.”

To help with the fear and anxiety that has plagued her since the shooting of her mother, a woman she describes as her best friend, Cummings has undergone counseling as well as creating, with other family members, Lynn’s Law petitions asking for stricter conditions for violent offenders.

“It’s all we have left to fight for her,” she said.

Although the current situation has brought her some relief, she worries about seeing Wiens in court Monday. Still, she will be there no matter what.

“To face him will be really hard,” she said. “I don’t know what to expect. There will be so many emotions.

Other Penticton residents identify with the family’s situation but also believe Wiens deserves his day in court.

 “He has a right to the trial, and there is a possibility he’s not guilty,” said Carl Peterson. “But it’s my understanding the family has felt fear big time while he has been out on bail.”



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