Crown may appeal Robert Pickton verdict
Updated Mon. Jan. 7 2008 12:35 AM ET
The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER -- The B.C. Attorney General's department will announce as early as Monday whether they will appeal Robert Pickton's second-degree murder conviction in the death of six women.
A spokeman confirmed reports Wally Oppal made such an indication.
"The attorney general indicated that the criminal justice branch and the Crown would be proceeding with the appeal,'' said spokesman Shawn Robins.
"At this point in time, there are no details and no official statement has been issued.''
Published reports say an appeal will be filed.
Pickton was charged with six counts of first-degree murder of women who went missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The jury found him guilty of second-degree.
He was sentenced to life in prison without being eligible to apply for parole for 25 years, minus the six years he has already spent in custody.
Pickton was originally charged with 26 counts of murder but in 2005 the judge decided to separate the charges into two trials.
Today's report raises questions of whether Pickton will stand a second trial for 20 separate counts if an appeal is underway.
Hearings leading into that trial are scheduled to start this month.