Woman convicted in Saunders murder tells Appeal Court she needs 2nd mental health opinion

Woman convicted in Saunders murder tells Appeal Court she needs 2nd mental health opinion

Nova Scotia's highest court has turned down a request for a delay from the woman appealing her conviction of second-degree murder in the death of Saint Mary's University student Loretta Saunders.

Victoria Henneberry told a panel of three Appeal Court judges in Halifax this morning that she needs a second psychiatric opinion about her anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

She pleaded guilty to the Saunders murder in 2015, but now says she was not in a proper state of mind when she entered that plea.

Henneberry and her boyfriend, Blake Leggette, admitted to murdering Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuk woman from Labrador, at a Halifax apartment instead of paying her money they owed for rent.

Saunders's family, including her mother, Miriam, were also in the courtroom today for the first day of Henneberry's appeal hearing. 

Henneberry is representing herself and showed up without any documents. She has been given duplicates by the Crown and now has until 2 p.m. to work on her case. Two days have been set aside for the appeal.

The CBC's Blair Rhodes was liveblogging from the courtroom.