Supreme Court of Canada dismisses Legebokoff appeal

The legal avenues for convicted serial killer Cody Allan Legebokoff as the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed Thursday an application for leave to appeal.

No reasons for the decision were provided.

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Legebokoff was sentenced in September 2014 to life in prison without eligibility to apply for parole for 25 years for the murders of Stacey Stuchenko, 35, Natasha Montgomery, 24, Cynthia Maas, 35, and Loren Leslie, 15.

Legebokoff then turned to the B.C. Court of Appeal to seek a new trial. That request was denied in September and the matter was taken to the highest court in the country.

At issue is whether B.C. Supreme Court Justice Glen Parrett committed a miscarriage of justice by waiting until after the trial to release a pre-trial judgment on a change-of-venue application.

In the judgment, Parrett was critical of Legebokoff's then-lawyer, Jim Heller. Gottardi argued the Parrett had a duty to immediately disclose his views and that the delay in doing so created an appearance of unfairness.

The Court of Appeal found Parrett had no such duty and that, regardless, his criticisms of Heller were unfounded.

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