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Lise Danais was killed on March 26, 2019 at her home.

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In the appeal trial of the murderer of Lise Danais, on Wednesday, lawyer and director and founder of Innocence Canada, James Lockyer, appeared before judges Holly Beard, Karen Simonsen and David Kroft to request a new judgment. It calls into question the time of the crime, which played a key role in the court's previous decision.

According to video screenshots in possession of justice, a light was turned on at the home of Lise Danais at 6:36:39 a.m. on the day of her death, March 26, 2019. Until now, the Crown considered that this light came from the home of the victim.

However, according to lawyer James Lockyer, it is in reality just a reflection coming from another building.

Yes, the light was in the area of ​​[victim's home]. But it didn't come from home. There was some confusion. No one testified, but the Crown considered that to be the case, explains the lawyer.

The light was used to determine the time when the murderer attacked Lise Danais, an important piece of data in the conviction handed down in January 2023.

The man convicted of murdering Lise Danais was sentenced to 7 years in prison. He has been on parole ever since. His identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The previously convicted man was seen on around 50 cameras between 9:08 a.m. and 10:36 a.m. on the day of the murder, when he notably went to Canadian Tire to make purchases. The Crown then believed that he was trying to create an alibi.

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James Lockyer is a lawyer known for exonerating many people of first found guilty. For example, it made it possible to acquit Brian Anderson and Allan Woodhouse in July 2023 of the murder of Ting Fong Chan, a Winnipeg restaurant worker, committed in 1973.

He also helped overturn the murder convictions of David Milgaard, Kyle Unger, James Driskell, Frank Ostrowski and others across the country.

James Lockyer regrets that the police investigation did not pursue the trail of a former colleague of Lise Danais. She never took this avenue seriously, he says.

The man had been questioned by the defense as part of the trial. Ten months before Lise Danais' death, he had forcibly kissed her in an elevator, touched her chest and made inappropriate remarks. This behavior had led Lise Danais to file a complaint against him.

The lawyer recalled that Lise Danais had expressed fears of reprisals a few months earlier. To her sister, she wrote: But if anything happens to me, it’s him, says the lawyer.

This ex-colleague would also have been seen on several occasions by Lise Danais' former lover near their home. In light of what happened to him, it would be unfair to accuse him of paranoia, underlines the lawyer.

The court will deliver its verdict as soon as it has ruled on this matter. No date has yet been communicated.

James Lockyer is a lawyer known for exonerating many people who were initially convicted. For example, it made it possible to acquit Brian Anderson and Allan Woodhouse in July 2023 of the murder of Ting Fong Chan, a Winnipeg restaurant worker, committed in 1973.

He also helped overturn the murder convictions of David Milgaard, Kyle Unger, James Driskell, Frank Ostrowski and others across the country.

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