Montreal

Court denies appeal for Quebec mother found guilty of killing

A woman found guilty of killing her three children has been denied the right to appeal the verdict.

A woman found guilty of killing her three children has been denied the right to appeal the verdict.

Cathie Gauthier-Lachance was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder by a jury and sentenced to life in prison without any chance of parole for 25 years.

The court heard during the trial that Gauthier-Lachance and her husband Marc Laliberté were in financial trouble and had formed a suicide pact.

A trial heard the children had been drugged and Gauthier had been found with her wrists slit when provincial police made the grim discovery on New Year's Day 2009 in Saguenay, Que.

Her lawyer argued that the judge gave the jury improper instructions on different points of law before they were sequestered.

But the appeal court ruled Tuesday that Superior Court Justice Jean-Claude Beaulieu did not commit any errors in his address to the jury.