OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal of a decision that ordered a third trial for a woman who has twice been convicted of killing her two daughters.
The Crown had been seeking leave to appeal a Quebec Court of Appeal decision that overturned Adele Sorella’s 2019 second-degree murder conviction in the deaths of her daughters, Amanda and Sabrina.
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Sorella was first convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder in the deaths of the girls, who were eight and nine years old, but that ruling was overturned on appeal in 2017.
At her second trial in 2019, a jury convicted her on two counts of second-degree murder, but that was overturned in March after the Appeal Court faulted the trial judge for refusing to accept an argument that organized crime could have played a part in the deaths.
The Supreme Court did not give a reason for dismissing the appeal today, as is customary.
The girls were found dead in their playroom on March 31, 2009. Their bodies bore no signs of violence and the cause of their death has never been determined.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2022.