Hearing to determine parole eligibility for man convicted of killing cop

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HALIFAX — A parole eligibility hearing will be held today for a Halifax man who is appealing his conviction in the murder of an off-duty Nova Scotia police officer.

Christopher Garnier faces an automatic sentence of life in prison after being convicted in December of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body in the death of 36-year-old Catherine Campbell.

The 30-year-old had argued at his trial that Campbell died accidentally during rough sex in 2015 after they met at a Halifax bar.

He is appealing his conviction in part because he says police interview tactics elicited a false confession.

The jury found that Garnier strangled Campbell and used a compost bin to dump her body near a bridge in downtown Halifax.

During a nine-hour recorded interview with police, Garnier said he punched Campbell and had his hands around her throat as she was choking, but he repeatedly said he could not remember other details from that night.

Parole eligibility for second-degree murder must be set between 10 and 25 years.

The Canadian Press