Michael Rafferty appeals Tori Stafford murder conviction

CBC News

Michael Rafferty is appealing his first-degree murder conviction in the killing of Victoria (Tori) Stafford, the eight-year-old girl who disappeared near her home in Woodstock, Ont., more than three years ago.

Rafferty received a life sentence after he was found guilty of first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping following his 2½ month trial in a London courthouse earlier this year.

In the document, filed with the Court of Appeal of Ontario on July 26, Rafferty says “the jury failed to apprehend the evidentiary requirement to convict for first-degree murder.” He also says Justice Thomas Heeney failed to properly instruct the jury.

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