April 30, 2014 2:18 pm
Updated: April 30, 2014 2:19 pm

Manitoba murder case examined in first-ever televised appeal

A panel of judges on Manitoba's Court of Appeal during the first televised appeal in the province's history, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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WINNIPEG – The appeal hearing for alleged triple murderer Denis Jerome Labossiere – who was convicted of killing his parents and brother in 2005 – was carried live online at globalnews.ca/winnipeg on Wednesday.

The appeal of Labossiere’s first-degree murder convictions is just the second court proceeding in Manitoba that cameras have been permitted to record.

Labossiere was convicted in 2012 of hiring men to kill his father, Fernand Labossiere, 78, his mother, Rita Labossiere, 74, and his brother, Remi Labossiere, 44. Their bodies were found in their burned-out farmhouse in St. Leon, Man., in 2005.

A lawyer argues in front of Manitoba’s Court of Appeal during the first televised appeal in the province’s history, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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The hearing didn’t include witness testimony, which can’t yet be broadcast.

The first court proceeding to be carried live was the decision in the case of Cassandra Knott, 30, who was accused of second-degree murder for killing her husband, Orzias Joram Knott, 34. Following a gripping account of the years of abuse the accused had sustained at the hands of her husband and a description of the killing, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Shane Perlmutter ruled Knott wasn’t guilty of a crime because she killed her husband in self-defence.

RELATED: Dramatic not guilty verdict broadcast live from Winnipeg court room


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