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Nova Scotia man granted bail in possible case of wrongful murder conviction

HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia man whose life sentence may have been the result of a wrongful murder conviction has been granted bail.

Glen Eugene Assoun was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in September 1999 for the stabbing death of Brenda Lee Anne Way, who was his girlfriend.

The federal Justice Department said recently that a preliminary assessment shows there may have been a miscarriage of justice and a more in-depth investigation has been launched into his case.

Assoun is to leave Nova Scotia on Wednesday to an undisclosed province, where he will be staying with family, and will be electronically monitored.

Way’s partly clothed body was found behind an apartment building in the Halifax area on Nov. 12, 1995.

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The 28-year-old woman was stabbed six times and her throat was slashed.

Assoun, who was living in British Columbia when he was arrested more than two years later, has always said he was wrongfully convicted of the crime.

He represented himself at his trial after firing his lawyer three days in to the court proceedings.

His sentence included a provision that he couldn’t apply for parole until he served 18 1/2 years in prison.