OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday upheld the second-degree murder conviction of Adrian John Walle in the 2004 shooting death of Calgary bar owner Jeff Shuckburgh.
Walle, then 20, shot the 29-year-old Shuckburgh once in the chest with a sawed-off .22-calibre rifle on Jan. 7 of that year, while the victim was escorting him from Shuckaluck’s Pub.
Walle was initially found guilty of manslaughter, but the Alberta Court of Appeal overturned that decision and ordered a new trial.
In 2008, Walle was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole for a minimum of 13 years.
Walle appealed the conviction, arguing that his mental health problems and alcohol consumption on the evening of the shooting meant he could not have formed the intention to murder Shuckburgh.
Walle claims to suffer from a number of psychological disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome, adult antisocial disorder and alcohol abuse disorder. But no evidence was presented at trial documenting those disorders.
In a 7-0 decision, the court points to overwhelming evidence showing Walle had the intention to commit the murder.