Man convicted of murder in death of U of C student for second time appeals

CALGARY — A Calgary man who was convicted for a second time in the death of a University of Calgary student has appealed for a second time.

Mitchell Harkes was convicted in May of the second-degree murder of 20-year-old Brett Wiese, who was fatally stabbed in the back at a party in January 2013.

The 26-year-old was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 12 years in June.

Harkes filed a notice of appeal Wednesday claiming that the trial judged erred in his charge to the jury.

It’s the second time Harkes has appealed a second-degree murder conviction.

In 2015, he successfully appealed to the Alberta Court of Appeal — also over errors in the judge’s instructions to the jury — and got the new trial.

Harkes remains in prison at the Bowden Institution. (CTV Calgary/The Canadian Press)

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