A previous version of this story stated that a date has been set for Travis Vader to appeal his manslaughter conviction. The date has actually been set for the Crown to appeal the conviction. The Crown will have an appeal hearing on Oct. 2, 2018.
Vader has filed the paperwork to appeal his conviction but a date has not yet been set for the hearing.
A court date has been set for the appeal of Travis Vader’s manslaughter conviction in the deaths of two St. Albert seniors.
Vader was convicted of manslaughter in 2016 in the deaths of the St. Albert couple Lyle and Marie McCann.
The criminal trial of the disappearance and death of McCann’s parents spanned six years and was finally wrapped up with a life sentence on Sept. 15, 2016.
The McCann couple was last seen filling their motorhome with gas in St. Albert on July 3, 2010, before setting off on a planned trip to visit with family and camp on the West Coast. Their burned motorhome was found near the Minnow Lake campground, southeast of Edson, two days later. Their bodies have never been located.
Vader was convicted of second degree murder by Court of Queen's Bench Justice Denny Thomas in the deaths of the McCann couple. Thomas relied on a section of the Criminal Code, which had been deemed unconstitutional by the courts 26 years earlier. The verdict was eventually substituted for two counts of manslaughter.
Vader was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for seven years.