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Man convicted of first-degree murder in death of Kaila Tran seeks new trial

Kaila Tran was killed as she approached her car in the parking lot of her St. Vital apartment block.

WINNIPEG — A convicted killer is seeking a new trial.

A jury last year found Treyvonne Willis guilty of first degree murder in the death of Kaila Tran in 2012.

His hearing at the Manitoba Court of Appeal began Wednesday morning.

The defence is pointing to several reasons why a new trial should be granted including how the judge instructed the jury about Willis’ level intoxication and his intention to commit murder.

READ MORE: Treyvonne Willis sentenced to 25 years in first-degree murder of Kaila Tran

A question from the jury during deliberations is also another point of appeal with the defence arguing it was not properly handled by the judge.

Willis was given an automatic life sentence with no chance at parole for 25 years.

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He did not appear in court Wednesday.

WATCH: Videos used in trial of Kaila Tran’s murder in 2012

 

 

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