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Jacques Delisle, retired judge, denied Supreme Court appeal

12/12/2013 10:05 EST | Updated 02/11/2014 05:59 EST
Jacques Delisle, the first judge in Canada to be convicted of murder, has been denied an appeal by the Supreme Court.

A jury found the former Quebec City judge guilty of murdering his wife, Nicole Rainville, in June 2012.

Rainville, who had been left partially paralyzed by a stroke, was found dead in the couple’s Quebec City condo on Nov. 12, 2009. Delisle called police and reported that his wife had taken her own life.

However, experts testified at the trial that the evidence at the scene didn’t match up with Delisle’s suicide claim.

During the trial, court heard that Delisle was living a double life and seeing his former secretary around the time of Rainville's death.

The Crown alleged the couple's life changed significantly after Rainville suffered a stroke, and she had spent much of the last months of her life in the hospital recovering from a broken hip.

According to the Crown, that contributed to the motive for the murder.

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