Just shy of one month after a sentencing hearing on a case that stems back to the summer of 2011, the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan received a document that intends to keep the case open for discussion.

On January 4, 2019, (Joseph) David Caissie was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of Carol King earlier this year and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years.

This past Saturday, Caissie filed a notice of appeal for his conviction. Within the notice of appeal it outlines the many reasons Caissie wishes to appeal the decision including a statement claiming the conviction is unreasonable and cannot be supported by the evidence.

Other reasons for the appeal stem from the reliability and admissibility of the confessions and collection of evidence through the “Mr. Big” sting operation carried out by undercover officers, stating there were errors in “determining the reliability of the utterances following the simulated violence exercise.” The said sting operation was deemed admissable in court as evidence during a voir dire trial last fall. 

The initial trial was by judge only and the notice of appeal filed on February 2, states that the appellant, Caissie, if a new trial is granted, would like to be tried by both a judge and jury.

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