Quebec appeals court hears from killer retired judge

Retired judge Jacques Delisle



QUEBEC CITY - A lawyer for Jacques Delisle, the only Canadian judge ever convicted of first-degree murder, asked an appeals court Monday to exonerate his client or order a new trial.

Delisle, 77, was convicted last summer in the shooting death of his disabled wife Marie-Nicole Rainville at their Quebec City condo in 2009.

His lawyer, Jacques Larochelle, attacked the ballistics evidence presented at trial.

The former judge has insisted his wife killed herself but the Crown says Delisle murdered his wife as part of a plan to move in with his secretary, with whom he was having an affair.

Police spent months investigating the case as a possible suicide, but Delisle was arrested in June 2010 following new evidence. He was automatically sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years.

Delisle is a 50-year veteran of the law who served as a Superior Court judge and later promoted to the Quebec Court of Appeal before his retirement in 2009.

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