B.C.’s top court will allow a Kamloops killer to consult a lawyer after legal aid denied his application for a free appeal.
The B.C. Court of Appeal assigned a lawyer to work with Stephen Fraser, who was convicted last December of second-degree murder in connection with the 2017 stabbing death of Cody Foster.
Foster was found dead in a trailer in an RV park near the BC Wildlife Park in East Kamloops. Fraser claimed at trial to have been acting in self-defence, but failed to sway a jury.
Fraser maintains his innocence and filed an appeal claiming prosecutors misled the jury during trial by describing Foster as being in a “vulnerable” state due to an alarmingly high blood-alcohol level of .278.
B.C. Court of Appeal Justice John Hunter ruled on Wednesday that Fraser should have the right to review grounds of appeal with a lawyer, despite his application for legal aid being denied.
Hunter also ruled that Fraser can reset his application for appeal after talking to a lawyer.