The Alberta Court of Appeal has reserved its decision on whether to grant appeals to the Calgary council convicted of killing six-year-old Meika Jordan.
Last September Spencer Jordan, Meika’s father, and her stepmother Marie Magoon were sentenced to life in prison for second degree murder with no change of parole for 17 years.
The Crown wants the appeal court to find the couple guilty of the more serious charge of first-degree murder. Jordan and Magoon want to be acquitted or face new trials.
Appeal prosecutor Jolaine Antonio told the panel of three justices on Tuesday that the original trial judge erred by not finding the element of unlawful confinement in the conviction.
Antonio says the confinement began when Magoon burned Meika’s hand with a lighter and pointed to that as the start of days of torture before the girl’s death in 2011.