Killer’s appeal rejected
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The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa.
Canada’s highest court has dismissed an appeal by a Kamloops murderer to have his conviction overturned, saying the prosecutor inaccurately summarized the evidence against him in an address to the jury.
The Supreme Court of Canada rejected Stephen George Fraser’s appeal on Thursday, ending five years of judicial ordeal.
Cody Foster was stabbed to death inside a trailer at a campground near the Trans-Canada Highway in Dallas on February 11, 2017. At trial, jurors heard he died of blood loss due to a neck injury.
Fraser, a friend and colleague of Foster’s, was convicted of second-degree murder following a trial in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2018.
He appealed his conviction to the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the province’s highest court, on the grounds that the prosecutor had violated his right to a fair trial during cross-examination and then again in his closing statement to the jury.
This appeal was rejected in November.
Fraser then attempted to appeal that decision to the Supreme Court of Canada, which dismissed the case without explanation on Thursday.
Fraser is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 12 years.