A convicted killer is seeking a new trial.
A jury last year found Treyvonne Willis guilty of first-degree murder for stabbing Kaila Tran, 26, to death outside her St. Vital apartment on June 20, 2012.
Willis was handed a life sentence with no chance at parole for 25 years, but his lawyers opted to appeal the decision.
At the appeal hearing in front of a panel of three judges on Wednesday, Willis’ lawyer Ursula Goeres argued there are several reasons why her client deserved another trial.
One being, a constitutional challenge after Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Glenn Joyal denied a defence of duress application before the trial even began. The defence wanted to argue that Willis carried out the fatal attack because he was in severe debt with drug dealers who threatened to harm his family.
Goeres also argued jurors were not properly instructed about Willis’ level of intoxication at the time of the killing and how that impacted his intention to commit murder. The defence also pointed out a question that was asked by the deliberating jurors that, in their opinion, was not properly answered by Joyal.
Willis did not appear in court and a decision is expected at a later date.