Supreme Court refuses to hear Curtis Bonnell murder appeal
Bonnell was convicted of first-degree murder in death of 16-year-old cousin in 2009
Curtis Bonnell's bid to overturn his first-degree murder conviction for killing his cousin through an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada has been rejected.
On Thursday, the country's highest court dismissed Bonnell's request for leave to appeal his 2012 conviction in the death of 16-year-old Hilary Bonnell in 2009.
As is customary, the court does not give reasons for refusing to grant leave for appeal.
Bonnell was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder with the Crown arguing he killed Hilary Bonnell during a sexual assault and unlawful confinement.
Bonnell led police to the victim's burial site on the day after his arrest. While in custody, Bonnell, who is aboriginal, asked to speak with a elder and police recorded a phone conversation in which Bonnell confessed to the elder.
Bonnell subsequently confessed to police at the urging of the elder. But Bonnell testified at trial that the confession was false and he had no memory of the killing due to drug and alcohol use.
A conviction of first-degree murder carries with it an automatic sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.