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N.W.T. court dismisses Mountie killer's appeal

Emrah Bulatci, who was convicted of murdering a Hay River, N.W.T., Mountie in 2007, has had his appeal dismissed.

An Alberta man convicted of murdering a Hay River, N.W.T., Mountie in 2007 has had his appeal dismissed.

Emrah Bulatci was sentenced in 2009 to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years.

Emrah Bulatci leaves the Yellowknife courthouse in January following the appeal of his first-degree murder conviction in the death of Hay River RCMP Const. Christopher Worden. (CBC)

Bulatci shot RCMP Const. Christopher Worden, 30, four times in the early morning hours of Oct. 6, 2007. The officer was responding alone to a call for assistance.

In January, Bulatci's lawyer argued before an N.W.T. appeal court that his client’s trial was unfair because the jury was allowed to hear secretly-recorded conversations Bulatci had during visits in jail. In the conversations, Bulatci asked for help in silencing a witness in the murder case.

The panel of appeal court judges ruled the recordings were made legally and that the trial judge was right to let the jury hear them.

They also disagreed that the jury selection process was unfair and that the trial judge made mistakes in his instructions to the jury.

Bulatci is serving his sentence at the maximum security facility in Edmonton.

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