Three judge panel dismisses Bulatci appeal
Monday, April 16, 2012 - 4:46 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The man convicted first degree murder for the death of a RCMP officer in Hay River has had his appeal dismissed.
Emrah Bulatci was found guilty in 2009 of first degree murder in the 2007 shooting death of Constable Christopher Worden.
Bulatci challenged his conviction, claiming there were errors in the judicial process.
At trial Justice John Vertes admitted as evidence recordings of Bulatci speaking with relatives at the North Slave Correctional Centre.
Bulatci's appeal argued police were not authorized to intercept his communication at the correctional centre, and therefore they shouldn't have been admitted as evidence.
In his judgment, Justice Frans Slatter wrote that since police had authorization to intercept Bulatci's communications, including those at his residence or on the telephone, the fact that he was actually recorded at the correction center is not unreasonable.
Bulatci also argued the examination of potential jurors was improperly limited and that evidence of his attempt to interfere with possible witnesses shouldn't have been admitted.
But the three judge panel found there were no errors in the rulings of the trial judge.
Bulatci is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.
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