Man con­victed of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der gets lawyer for ap­peal

Journal Pioneer - - THE ISLAND - BY RYAN ROSS

A P.E.I. man who is serv­ing a life sen­tence for sec­ond-de­gree mur­der will have a le­gal aid lawyer rep­re­sent­ing him on his ap­peal of the con­vic­tion and his sen­tence.

In Septem­ber, a P.E.I. Supreme Court judge found Joel Lawrence Clow guilty and sen­tenced him to a life sen­tence with no chance of pa­role for 17 years af­ter he killed Traci Lynch in 2015 in Pleas­ant Grove. Clow sought coun­sel through le­gal aid for the ap­peal, but was ini­tially told it wouldn’t rep­re­sent him un­less the court or­dered it.

A no­tice of ap­point­ment of so­lic­i­tor filed with the P.E.I. Court of Ap­peal on Jan. 16 showed Clow ap­pointed le­gal aid di­rec­tor Kent Brown as so­lic­i­tor of record.

Lynch died on July 24, 2015, of stran­gu­la­tion and a blunt-force blow to the head.

Clow ac­knowl­edged his ac­tions were re­spon­si­ble for Lynch’s death, but he de­nied in­tend­ing to kill her.

He is ap­peal­ing his con­vic­tion and sen­tence on sev­eral grounds, in­clud­ing say­ing he didn’t re­ceive a fair trial. Crown at­tor­ney Cyn­dria Wedge filed a cross-ap­peal seek­ing a first-de­gree mur­der con­vic­tion with no chance of pa­role for 25 years. Wedge also sought to have the court as­sign coun­sel to Clow be­cause she be­lieved it was in the in­ter­ests of jus­tice.

Clow said in an af­fi­davit that he needed a lawyer be­cause he is il­lit­er­ate and has dif­fi­culty un­der­stand­ing writ­ten ma­te­rial.

A mo­tion hear­ing deal­ing with the as­sign­ment of coun­sel was sched­uled for Jan. 17 but did not go ahead.

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