Appeal hearing begins for judge found guilty of murder
Published Monday, February 25, 2013 9:35AM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 25, 2013 3:02PM EST
Quebec's Court of Appeal is hearing a case concerning one of its former judges, Jacques Delisle, who was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife.
Delisle was found guilty last year of the 2009 murder of his wife Nicole Rainville. Her body was found on Nov. 12, 2009 with a .22 calibre pistol at her side. She had suffered a stroke two years earlier and was paralyzed on her right side.
The lawyer for the former judge, Jacques Larochelle, is arguing that the jury did not properly judge ballistic evidence presented at Delisle's first trial.
According to Larochelle, the verdict is questionable because Crown witnesses admitted it was theoretically possible for Rainville to have held the firearm and shot herself.
Crown prosecutor Michel Fortin said that the jury came to a guilty verdict after hearing several weeks of testimony, and will have two hours on Tuesday to respond to Larochelle's arguments.
Last July, Appeals court justice Richard Wagner refused to grant Delisle bail pending the outcome of his appeal. Wagner now sits on the Supreme Court of Canada.
With a file from The Canadian Press