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Appeal process continues for Volker conviction and sentence

The Alberta Court of Appeal is continuing the process of appeal for a man found guilty of murdering his estranged wife in Delburne nearly three years ago.

The case of Brian Volker was spoken to in the Calgary courthouse on Tuesday.

Shortly after being found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his 44-year-old wife Debi on Feb. 23, 2009, Volker began appealing his sentence and conviction.

Volker, 52, was sentenced in April 2011 to life in prison with no chance at parole for 23 years. He was also convicted of break and enter, committing assault with a weapon, and four counts of breaching conditions of a release from custody.

Debi Volker was found shot in the head in the bedroom of her home after she left him. She was a teacher’s assistant at the local school. Her children — aged 11, 14 and 16 at the time of her death — all testified at the trial.

The next court appearance in the Alberta Court of Appeal is on May 14 at 10 a.m. in Calgary.

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