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Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 10:31 AM  

Appeal by the accused, French, from a conviction and sentence for second degree murder. The victim was the accused's common law spouse. She was found in an armoire with ligature marks around her neck and threads from a blue cloth bathrobe. The accused denied involvement in an interview with police. Weeks later, the accused voluntarily entered a detachment and confessed to the murder. He stated he strangled the victim with his hands and a blue bathrobe. At trial, the accused recanted his confession. He claimed he...