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Innocence Canada calls for a new trial for the murder of Lise Danais

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Lise Danais was killed on March 26, 2019 at her home.

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In the appeal trial of the murderer of Lise Danais, on Wednesday, lawyer and director and founder of Innocence Canada, James Lockyer, appeared before judges Holly Beard, Karen Simonsen and David Kroft to request a new judgement. It calls into question the time of the crime, which played a key role in the court's previous decision.

According to video screenshots in the possession of the justice system, a light was turned on at the home of Lise Danais at 6:36 a.m. and 39 seconds on the day of her death, March 26, 2019. Until now, the Crown considered that this light came from the victim's home.

However, according to lawyer James Lockyer, it did not actually acts as a reflection from another building.

Yes, the light was in the area due [victim’s home]. But it didn't come from home. There was some confusion. No one testified, but the Crown considered that to be the case, explains the lawyer.

The light was used to determine the time when the murderer attacked Lise Danais, an important piece of data in the conviction handed down in January 2023.

The man convicted of the murder of Lise Danais has been sentenced to 7 years in prison. He has been on parole ever since. His identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The previously convicted man was seen on around 50 cameras between 9:08 a.m. and 10:36 a.m. on the day of the murder, when he notably went to the Canadian Tire to make purchases. The Crown then believed that he was trying to create an alibi.

James Lockyer regrets that the police investigation did not follow the trail of a former colleague of Lise Danais. She never took this avenue seriously, he says.

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The man had been questioned by the defense as part of the trial . Ten months before Lise Danais' death, he had forcibly kissed her in an elevator, touched her chest and made inappropriate remarks. This behavior led Lise Danais to file a complaint against him.

The lawyer recalled that Lise Danais had issued fears of reprisals a few months earlier. To her sister, she wrote: But if anything happens to me, it's him, says the lawyer.

This ex-colleague would also have been seen on several occasions by Lise Danais' former lover near their home. In light of what happened to him, it would be unfair to accuse him of paranoia, the lawyer emphasizes.

The court will issue its verdict as soon as it has ruled on this matter. No date has yet been communicated.

James Lockyer is a lawyer recognized for having allowed' #x27;exonerate many people in Canada who were initially found guilty. For example, he worked for the acquittal of Brian Anderson and Allan Woodhouse in July 2023 in connection with the murder of Ting Fong Chan, a Winnipeg restaurant worker, committed in 1973.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">He also participated in overturning the murder convictions of David Milgaard, Kyle Unger, James Driskell, Frank Ostrowski.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116