Legebokoff Appeal Denied
Prince George, B.C.- The BC Court of Appeal has dismissed the request for a new trial for Cody Alan Lebokoff.
Legebokoff had appealed his conviction on four counts of first degree murder, claiming a miscarriage of justice over comments the trial judge made after the trial was over, about the way the defence had conducted itself during a pre-trial change of venue application.
Legebokoff’s lawyers argued the criticisms amounted to a “miscarriage of justice” claiming the trial judge had a duty to disclose his views and that the delay in doing so created an appearance of unfairness. The appeal application did not allege any errors in the manner in which the trial was conducted and conceded that the evidence against Legebokoff was overwhelming.
The BC Court of Appeal has ruled the judge was not under a “duty to immediately disclose his views which in this case were unfounded” and that ” a well-informed reasonable person’s confidence in the administration of justice would not be shaken by the delayed disclosure. “
Legebokoff was convicted of first degree murder in the deaths of Jill Stuchenko, Cynthia Maas, Natasha Montgomery and Loren Leslie. He is serving a life sentence with no chance for parole for at least 25 years.