Keith Wiens

Keith Wiens

Convicted murderer from Penticton has application denied

A Supreme Court of Canada appeal for a retired RCMP officer who was convicted of murdering his wife in their Penticton home has been denied.

A Supreme Court of Canada appeal for a retired RCMP officer who was convicted of murdering his wife in their Penticton home has been denied.

Keith Wiens was found guilty by a jury of the second degree murder of his common law wife Lynn Kalmring. He shot his wife with a 9mm handgun in the head and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 13 years. Weeks after being found guilty in July 2013, he gave his notice of appeal on the conviction, which was denied in January.

In the reasons for judgement on the initial appeal, Justice David Frankel said Wiens argued evidence of Kalmring’s peaceful disposition was improperly admitted at trial, and in the alternative, that the jury was improperly instructed with respect to the use of that evidence. Justice Frankel said evidence was properly admitted on Kalmring’s peaceful disposition and the firearms training evidence was properly ruled inadmissible.

On Aug. 4, the Supreme Court of Canada denied Wiens applications for leave to appeal.

Wiens has filed an appeal of his sentence as well, which has not had a judgment as of yet and currently has no future dates set.