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Mountie killer's appeal set for January

Emrah Bulatci's appeal of his first-degree murder conviction in the shooting death of Hay River RCMP Const. Christopher Worden will be heard in January.

Emrah Bulatci convicted in 2009 of killing Const. Christopher Worden in Hay River

The man convicted of killing RCMP Const. Christopher Worden will have his appeal heard in January.

Emrah Bulatci was convicted in 2009 of first-degree murder for shooting the 30-year-old constable to death in Hay River in October 2007. The Alberta drug dealer is currently serving a life sentence and won't be eligible for parole for 25 years.

Emrah Bulatci leaves court after making his first court appearance in Yellowknife in 2007 on charges of killing RCMP Const. Christopher Worden in Hay River, N.W.T. Bulatci's appeal of his first-degree murder conviction will be heard in January. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

During his trial, Bulatci admitted to shooting Worden but said the fatal shots were fired by accident as he struggled with Worden on the ground.

Bulatci tried to plead guilty to manslaughter, but the prosecutor did not accept it.

In appeal court documents, Bulatci's lawyer argues that authorities acted improperly by secretly recording Bulatci's conversations with others while he was in jail.

Charles Davison also says the jury shouldn't have been allowed to hear about Bulatci's attempts to intimidate witnesses.

The appeal is scheduled to be heard in Yellowknife over two days, starting Jan. 17.

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