Canada’s highest court will hear the reasons why John Thomas Shaoulle believes he should be acquitted of the murder of Margaret Sewap.
Brian Pfefferle, the lawyer representing Shaoulle, filed papers Friday morning requesting the case be heard by the Supreme Court.
Shaoulle is serving a life sentence for the 2011 murder of Margaret Sewap.
In September, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal upheld the original verdict but the decision was not a majority.
Two judges agreed with the trial judge’s decision, while a third judge said he would have acquitted Shaoulle.
He based this on several factors including circumstantial evidence, Shaoulle not being asked to testify, and lack of a clear motive.
Due to the split decision the case automatically qualifies for the Supreme Court. Were the decision unanimous a lawyer would have to provide a reason with the application why the case should be heard.
Pfefferle said the appeal is based on the verdict not being by the evidence. He told paNOW he expects the Supreme Court hearing to take place late next year.