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High court dismisses appeal in woman's rape-murder
« on: November 28, 2007, 11:27:46 AM »
 
 November 28, 2007

High court dismisses appeal in woman's rape-murder

By TONY BLAIS, COURT BUREAU

 
 
Alberta's highest court has rejected the appeal of a convicted murderer who maintains he is innocent of the 2002 rape-killing of a Bonnyville woman.

In a written decision released yesterday, a Court of Appeal of Alberta panel dismissed the appeal of Landon Karas, 26, ruling the fact his DNA had been found in her body had not been contradicted nor otherwise explained.

"Karas chose not to testify at trial as was his right to do so. His silence was not inculpatory, but it is indicative of the absence of an exculpatory explanation."

The panel also ruled it was not persuaded the trial judge had erred in admitting the DNA evidence.

Regarding a defence argument that the verdict was weak, unreasonable and not supported by the evidence, the panel ruled the presence of Karas's DNA and the other circumstantial evidence were sufficient to hold that it was a reasonable finding by the jury.

Karas was handed a life sentence with no parole eligibility for 25 years on Nov. 10, 2005, after being convicted by a jury of first-degree murder for the July 14, 2002, slaying of Doreen Bradley, 58.

During the lengthy trial, jurors heard Bradley, part-owner of the Bonnyville A&W, was raped, strangled and stabbed at least 30 times at her acreage and Karas's DNA was found in some semen inside her vagina.

A DNA sample was obtained after the RCMP asked men in the Bonnyville area to provide DNA samples. Karas initially refused to provide one, but later agreed. A DNA expert testified that the chances the DNA did not belong to Karas were one in 5.6 trillion.

Family and friends of the killer have accused the RCMP of framing Karas. His family says it will appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.


 
 

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Re: High court dismisses appeal in woman's rape-murder
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2016, 10:30:03 AM »
Same article posted here following. Early threads were really very disorganized with articles plopped everywhere instead of making one header for all similar.

http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=259.msg7192#msg7192

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Re: High court dismisses appeal in woman's rape-murder
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2016, 10:36:26 AM »
Granted, this was a heinous crime and the alleged perp got life without parole for 25 years. First time offender. While other perps get a slap on the wrist and turned out in a few years to commit more crimes and a vicious circle begins.
A number of things bother me about all of it and I do wonder about samples getting mixed up ... either accidently or purposely.

eta: Never once was there a question regarding the two vehicles seen in the woman's yard the day of the murder ... just that those same vehicles were never seen again around the area.
This looks very much like a crime of passion ... so what would a 21 year old have against an elderly woman?

Not a mention whether there was questioning along the lines of a disgruntled (or fired) worker from that fast food joint. Just solely convicted on DNA evidence  that could get mixed up easily in labs if not marked properly by the initial handler. (If you think that is not possible, I have seen a 94 year old woman's urine test come back with the results she was pregnant). Accidents do happen and this case was never given a second glance nor chance. I have many questions.
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