|Jacques Delisle. (Jean-Claude Tremblay/QMI Agency)
MONTREAL - Jacques Delisle, a former judge who killed his disabled wife, is asking the court to free him temporarily to allow him to appeal his first-degree murder conviction.
Delisle's lawyer, Jacques Larochelle, has filed two petitions on behalf of his client in Quebec's court of appeal on the grounds that the jury's verdict was "unreasonable."
The court will hear the motion for his release in Montreal on July 4.
In June, the 77-year-old was found guilty of first-degree murder, and given an automatic life sentence without parole for 25 years, for murdering his wheelchair-bound spouse, Marie-Nicole Rainville, on Nov. 12, 2009, in the couple's Quebec City condo.
The Crown said Delisle shot his wife in the head and attempted to make it look like suicide to begin a new life with his mistress and former secretary, Johanne Plamondon.
Police spent months investigating the case as a possible suicide, but Delisle was arrested in June 2010 following new evidence.
An expert witness testified that Rainville would have been unable to hold the gun due to the paralysis on her right side from a stroke.
Just two days before his arrest, his mistress had told her husband she was leaving him for the former judge.