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Murder conviction appeal dismissed

August 11, 2016 12:44 P.M.
Keith Wiens (Castanet staff)


A most recent appeal by a former RCMP officer convicted of murdering his common-law wife in Penticton has been dismissed.

According to a Supreme Court of Canada judgment, dated Aug. 4, the court denied Keith Wiens' application for leave to appeal.

In January, Wiens lost the appeal of his second-degree murder conviction for the slaying of Lynn Kalmring.

At the time, a B.C. Court of Appeal panel unanimously rejected overturning his conviction.

He was fighting both the conviction and a 13-year minimum sentence before parole eligibility for the August 2011 shooting of Kalmring in the couple's Penticton home.

At the time of his July 2013 conviction, the jury had recommended Wiens serve a minimum of 20 years before parole eligibility, while the Crown sought 15 years.

During his trial, Wiens said he shot in self-defence when Kalmring lunged at him with a knife, but the Crown presented evidence that the knife was planted after she was shot and the jury rejected the claim of self defence.

Brandy Cummings, Kalmring's daughter, said Wednesday that news of the judgment comes as a relief.

"It's great. It's a relief to me for sure," she said. "It just says to me he's rotten and he deserves it."

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