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Toronto officer James Forcillo's bail extended days before he was to turn himself in

Const. James Forcillo, the Toronto Police officer convicted in the 2013 shooting death of Sammy Yatim, has been granted a bail extension.

Forcillo's appeal hearing is set to begin on Oct. 2

Const. James Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder in the death of Sammy Yatim on an empty street car in July 2013. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Const. James Forcillo, the Toronto Police officer convicted in the 2013 shooting death of Sammy Yatim, has been granted a bail extension.

Forcillo was convicted of attempted murder and was found not guilty of second-degree murder. 

Forcillo had been due to surrender to police on Oct. 1, a day before an appeal hearing on his conviction is scheduled to begin.

Lawyers representing the suspended officer are attempting to introduce fresh evidence, including testimony from additional experts.

Court documents about the appeal also reveal that Forcillo and his wife Irina divorced in July, although she is still listed as a surety under his bail conditions.

Forcillo will now be out on bail until April 2, 2018, or until the new evidence his lawyers say they have is introduced as part of the appeal process, whichever comes first.

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