Legebokoff’s Court Options End
Prince George, B.C.- The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the application by Cody Alan Legebokoff to have his case heard.
The application claimed there was a appearance of unfairness during his trial on four first degree murder charges in Prince George, that he didn’t have the right to counsel of his choice, and asked if a trial judge was ” under a duty to immediately disclose an opinion critical of defence counsel’s conduct to the accused person.”
Legebokoff was charged and convicted of the murders of Loren Dawn Leslie, Natasha Lyn Montgomery, Cynthia Maas and Jill Stacey Stuchenko.
His defence counsel applied to change the venue of trial, but the presiding Justice, dismissed the application. Justice Glen Parrett did not release his reasons for dismissing the change of venue application until after Legebokoff was convicted. In his reasons dismissing the application, Justice Parrett criticized the manner in which defence counsel conducted the application.
Legebokoff appealed the convictions and argued that an appearance of trial unfairness arose because Justice Parrett failed to express his opinion of defence counsel before trial.
The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the application for leave to appeal, but did not indicate its reasons for the dismissal.
The dismissal means there are no more legal avenues for Legebokoff to pursue.