Ap­peal court up­holds con­vic­tion of Cal­gary man who beat wife to death

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

CAL­GARY — The Al­berta Court of Ap­peal has up­held the con­vic­tion of a Cal­gary man who beat his wife to death. Gre­gory Houle was found guilty of man­slaugh­ter in 2013 af­ter orig­i­nally be­ing charged with se­cond-de­gree mur­der. The body of Cherry Ledesma, who was 45, was found in 2011 un­der a pile of laun­dry in their home. Po­lice at the time said they had been to the home more than 30 times in the year lead­ing up to her death. In his ap­peal, Houle ar­gued that the trial judge failed to fully con­sider the ev­i­dence and failed to give suf­fi­cient rea­sons for his con­vic­tion. In a rul­ing re­leased Wed­nes­day, three ap­peal court judges dis­agree, say­ing all the ev­i­dence pointed to Houle as the per­son who killed the vic­tim.

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