POLITICS

Saskatchewan man who murdered Mounties files documents supporting appeal

05/02/2012 01:04 EDT | Updated 07/02/2012 05:12 EDT
SASKATOON - A Saskatchewan man convicted of killing two Mounties has filed documents supporting his appeal.

Crown prosecutor Tony Gerein (GUHR-rine) says he received the documents Monday, but doesn't know how long it will take to draft a response.

Curtis Dagenais (DAH'-zhuh-nay) filed an appeal of his convictions and life sentence shortly after a jury found him guilty in 2009 of two counts of first-degree murder.

Constables Marc Bourdages (boor-DAZH') and Robin Cameron were shot and killed on a country road near Spiritwood, Sask., in July 2006 after a high-speed chase.

They were attempting to arrest Dagenais in a family dispute.

Dagenais testified that the officers fired at him first and he shot back in self-defence, and his appeal suggests the trial judge gave the jury bad advice on the self-defence aspect.

Dagenais was also convicted of the attempted murder of Const. Michelle Knopp.

(CJWW, The Canadian Press)