Saskatchewan

Mountie's widow won't be at appeal of convicted killer

The widow of a Saskatchewan Mountie says she won't attend the appeal Thursday of the man convicted of killing him.

The widow of a Saskatchewan Mountie says she won't attend the appeal Thursday of the man convicted of killing him.

Curtis Dagenais, convicted of the first-degree murder of RCMP constables Robin Cameron and Marc Bourdages near Spiritwood, Sask., is asking the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to overturn the verdict.

One person who won't be there is Bourdages' widow Natasha Szpakowski. She went to the 2006 trial and heard all she needed to hear from Dagenais and his family.

"They're not afraid to point the finger and say it's everyone else's fault. Curtis is going to have to reap the consequences of his decision, and he made a decision that day," she said.

At the trial, court heard how Cameron and Bourdages had chased Dagenais down a bush road after a domestic dispute in the town of Spiritwood.

The chase ended when Bourdages and Cameron broadsided Dagenais's truck with their SUV.

A little later, Cameron and Bourdages were both shot in the head at close range with a high-powered rifle.

Three years later, a jury convicted Dagenais of two counts of first-degree murder, and one of attempted murder of a third Mountie, Michelle Knopp.

Dagenais is appealing on three grounds.

He says the trial judge didn't properly explain to the jury how he'd been provoked into shooting the officers.

He says the evidence doesn't support the guilty verdict.

He also disagrees with the life sentence for the attempted murder of Michelle Knopp.

Szpakowski said Dagenais's grounds for appeal are "silly" as far as she's concerned.

"I guess there's no other word to say other than that because it's kind of childish in my opinion," she said.

The hearing at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in Regina begins at 10 a.m.

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