The rescheduled appeals hearing for Bradley Barton began in 2011 over the death of Cindy Gladew. IG News

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A rescheduled appeals hearing began Thursday for Bradley Barton, who was convicted in the 2011 death of Cindy Gladeau at an Edmonton motel.

The Alberta Court of Appeal is hearing arguments that the former Ontario long-haul truck driver should be prosecuted for a third time.

Barton was sentenced to twelve-and-a-half years in July 2021 for the murder of Gladue, a M├ętis and Cree woman, who died of blood loss in a bathtub at the Yellowhead Inn in June 2011.

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Medical experts testified that Gladew had four times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when Barton had performed a sexual act that seriously injured him internally.

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Barton, 53, told his trial that he had arranged for Gladew to pay for sex and was shocked when he woke up the next morning to see her body.

In August 2021, Barton appealed his conviction and sentence.

Barton’s attorney, Peter Sankoff, says the exclusion of evidence and the question of consent should be re-trialed.

The Crown lodged its appeal following Barton’s second trial in 2021, describing the sentence as “manifestly unfit”.

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The Edmonton law courts were closed due to a power outage on January 4, 2023, with all hearings scheduled for that day being postponed, including Barton’s highly anticipated appeal hearing.

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It was a second trial for Barton after the jury found her not guilty of first-degree murder in 2015, a decision that sparked rallies and calls for justice for indigenous women across the country.

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Fakiha Baig, with files from The Canadian Press

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