Top court restores murder conviction for Calgary man


The Supreme Court of Canada has restored a first-degree murder conviction for a Calgary man.

A jury discovered Russell Steven Tessier responsible in 2018 for the demise of Allan Gerald Berdahl, whose physique was found in a ditch 11 years earlier with a gunshot wound to the pinnacle.

The Alberta Court of Appeal later overturned the conviction, citing the trial decide’s determination to permit proof from a dialog Tessier had with police earlier than he was a suspect and was advised he had a proper to a lawyer.

Tessier had argued he was psychologically detained by police at the moment and that statements shouldn’t have been allowed.

The majority of the Supreme Court disagreed, saying his Charter rights weren’t triggered and the statements he made have been voluntary.

The seven-to-two determination says Tessier was not unfairly denied his proper to silence.


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