MONTREAL — The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected an appeal by ex-judge Jacques Delisle, sentenced to life in prison for murdering his disabled wife.
The high court did not give the reasons for its decision handed down on Thursday morning, which is common practice.
Delisle, 78, is the first Canadian judge to be convicted of first-degree murder after Nicole Rainville was shot in the head in their Quebec City condo in November 2009.
He has always maintained Rainville shot herself.
A Crown witness has testified that Rainville would not have been unable to hold the gun due to the paralysis on her right side from a stroke.
The Crown contends that Delisle shot his wife and attempted to make it look like suicide to begin a new life with his mistress and former secretary.
The defence contested the Crown's expert witnesses with dissenting experts who claimed Rainville committed suicide.
The Quebec Court of Appeal, where Delisle served for several years, had rejected his bid for freedom in May.
Delisle is a 50-year veteran of the law who served as a Superior Court judge and was later promoted to the Quebec Court of Appeal before his retirement in 2009.
He'll continue to serve his sentence in a penitentiary without the possibility of parole for 25 years.