Convicted murderer Denecho King appeals conviction, sentence

Denecho King leaves the courthouse in handcuffs last November to begin serving his life sentence for murdering John Wifladt in Yellowknife in 2014
(John McFadden/CKLB photo)

CKLB News has learned that convicted murderer Denecho King has appealed both his conviction and his life sentence for second degree murder.

That information comes from Heather Poluk, the sister of John Wifladt, the man King was found guilty of killing with a sword in a Yellowknife apartment in December of 2014.

She says the family was told by NWT justice officials that King, 26, is claiming that he did not receive competent legal representation at his trial last year,

Most courtroom observers felt King’s lawyer Jay Bran did an excellent job at trial.

King, who was sentenced last November, is eligible to apply for parole after 12 years in custody.

King is reportedly serving his time at the maximum-security Edmonton Institution.

Poluk says she understands the appeal is just a formality and that King has nothing to lose by filing it.

But she adds learning he will appeal has re-opened wounds for both her and her family.

Poluk says they’ve been told the appeal likely won’t be heard for more than a year.

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