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