BC serial killer set to appeal first-degree murder convictions

Cody Legebokoff.
Cody Legebokoff.

A lawyer for a B.C. serial killer is going to appear in the Court of Appeal this morning to question the fairness of his client’s trial.

Cody Legebokoff was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years in September 2014.

Legebokoff, who is from Fort St. James, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder, accused of killing young women around Prince George within a 14-month span in 2009.

He was accused of killing Jill Stuchenko and Cynthia Maas, both 35, 23-year-old Natasha Montgomery and 15-year-old Loren Leslie.

Legebokoff victims.
Clockwise from top left corner:Loren Leslie, Jill Stuchenko, Natasha Montgomery and Cynthia Maas.

In a notice filed in court in February 2015, Legebokoff’s lawyers said there had been two different miscarriages of justice in the trial.

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“There was a miscarriage of justice relating to the content and the date of release of the ruling on the change of venue application,” they wrote.

“There was a miscarriage of justice relating to a violation of the appellant’s Charter right to be represented by counsel of his choice throughout the proceedings.”

Doug Leslie, Lauren’s father, said last year he thinks there is no chance Legebokoff will win the appeal.

“It’s probably going to take a couple of years to get it to where they even say no to him or whatever. But he’s such a narcissist and sociopath that he just has no idea what life is all about and he just wants to hurt people,” he said.