Six days after deliberations began, the judge presiding over the B.C. Supreme Court jury trial of a former Napier city councillor accused of murdering his Canadian wife may urge jurors on Wednesday to come to a resolution.

The 12-person jury tasked with deciding Peter Beckett's fate following a trial that spanned four months was sent out to deliberate on Wednesday, April 6.

Beckett, 59, is accused of killing his wife, Laura Letts-Beckett, while on vacation at a lake near Revelstoke more than five years ago.

Letts-Beckett drowned in Upper Arrow Lake on Aug. 18, 2010. Her death was initially believed to have been an accident, but Beckett was charged one year later.

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Yesterday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ian Meiklem called lawyers and Beckett into court. They discussed exhortation - a legal maneuver in which a judge urges a jury to come to a resolution.
Meiklem said exhortation could take place tomorrow.

The jury has deliberated for four full days and three partial days. Deliberations on Monday were cut short due to the illness of a juror.

Beckett and Letts-Beckett met in 1995 in New Zealand. Five years later, he moved to Westlock, Alta., to be closer to her. The couple married in 2003.