Alicia Murphy to get new trial in 2008 waterfront death

Yukon’s court of appeal has overturned Alicia Murphy’s conviction for murder in the death of of 27-year-old Evangeline Billy in Whitehorse in 2008, and ordered a new trial.
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A 35-year-old Whitehorse woman is getting a second chance to prove she didn't kill a woman from Carmacks, Yukon.

In November of 2009, Alicia Ann Murphy was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Evangeline Billy.

Her body was found, beaten and drowned, in the Yukon River in downtown Whitehorse in June, 2008.

Murphy’s conviction came with a life sentence with no eligibility of parole for 14 years.

The evidence against Murphy was largely circumstantial, except for two witnesses who said Murphy confessed to them.

The Court of Appeal has found the Crown went too far by asking police officers to testify about the reliability of the witnesses.

The three judge panel says that strategy is outside the rules.

It has ordered a new trial. No date has been set.