A convicted murderer is asking prosecutors to take a second look at evidence from the 1994 crime scene where he was found to have killed his wife and two infant sons.
Dean Christopher Roberts’ lawyer has filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court asking to test some of the evidence.
“It was our decision that it would be helpful and necessary in order to advance the case to do a DNA testing that as I say, either wasn’t done at the time or would be done differently given the advances in DNA technology.”
Jeffrey Campbell is asking Crown to examine a cigarette butt, hair and fibre samples, fingernail clippings, ropes from around the necks of Josiah and Susan Roberts and bags found at the scene.
Campbell says something like this would be a first in a Canadian court room.
“In other countries like the United States, they have statutes that govern this kind of a situation. In Canada, there is very little legal precedent for post-conviction analysis.”
Roberts was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder, and one count of attempted murder.
He was sentenced to life in prison without parole for 25 years.
Crown counsel says it won’t make a comment on this petition as it is before the courts.