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Cody Legebokoff, convicted killer, files appeal

02/14/2015 12:14 EST | Updated 04/15/2015 05:59 EDT
Convicted killer Cody Legebokoff has filed an appeal in Vancouver.

He was convicted in Prince George on four first-degree murder charges. He killed three women and a 15-year-old girl in northern B.C. between 2009 and 2010. He was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years.

The father of one of Legebokoff's victims said he believes it is a "last ditch effort" and  Legebokoff will "never" be released.

Loren Leslie's father, Doug, said the appeal was an act of desperation. 

"Even people in that situation have a hope to get out. But he will never get out. In my opinion, he should never get out," he said. 

Still Leslie says the appeal will, in some way, help with the issue of violence against women.

"Let him file an appeal. That's his right and for us, it's actually on a positive note because it does bring awareness."

Defence lawyer Eric Gottardi confirmed Legebokoff is appealing the verdict, focusing on his client's failed attempt to change the location of the trial.

Legebokoff applied to move the trial to Vancouver, but B.C. Supreme Court Judge Glen Parrett rejected the request.

Gottardi says the judge's written ruling contained disparaging comments about Legebokoff's defence lawyer at trial, which now raises questions about the fairness of the trial.

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