BRITISH COLUMBIA

Mihaly Illes Beheading Conviction Upheld By BC Court

04/17/2013 04:59 EDT | Updated 06/17/2013 05:12 EDT
VANCOUVER - A B.C. man convicted of first-degree murder after beheading his victim lost another legal round.

After Mihaly (Mike) Illes' first conviction, he appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, which ordered that he get a new trial because the original trial judge made a mistake in his instructions to the jury.

In that second trial in July of 2011, a B.C. Supreme Court judge delivered another conviction.

Illes appealed again, and now a three-member panel of the B.C. Appeal Court has rejected his latest attempt to go free, ruling the court will not interfere with the conviction.

The trial heard that Illes killed Javan Dowling in April 2001 because Dowling was using cocaine that had been intended for their trafficking operation.

Illes severed the head from the body and buried the body parts in separate locations in Squamish, B.C.