RCMP Cpl. Dale Carr holds up the photos of murder victims Gwendolyn Lawton and Sheryl Koroll as police announce that Davey Butorac had been arrested and charged with murdering the two women. He was convicted of the crimes in 2011.

Langley serial killer appeals murder convictions

Davey Butorac had his appeal heard on Wednesday. He was sentenced to life in prison for killing two vulnerable sex trade workers.

Aldergrove serial killer Davey Butorac is appealing his conviction of killing two women.

Saying that Butorac poses “a real danger to the safety of the community,” a B.C. Supreme Court judge sentenced him to life in prison with no chance of parole for 23 years in February 2011.

A jury found Butorac guilty of second degree murder for inflicting a brutal bludgeoning and strangling death of Abbotsford’s Gwendolyn Jo Lawton, 46, in March of 2007. Her body was found dumped down an embankment at Pemberton Hill in Abbotsford.

He was also convicted at the same trial of second degree murder in the July 2007 beating and strangling death of 50-year-old Sheryl Lynn Koroll in Langley. Her body was found at a Langley City concrete plant. Both women were sex trade workers and struggled with drug addiction.

His appeal was heard Wednesday in the B.C. Court of Appeal.

Butorac is still facing a trial on a third murder charge. He is accused of the murder of Margaret Redford, 47, of Aldergrove. Her body was found in Bertrand Creek in Aldergrove on May 20, 2006. At the time, Butorac was living with his father in a townhouse complex a short distance away.

Butorac doesn’t have a criminal past. His parents described him as loving, in their letters to the court. There was nothing in Butorac’s background, no abuse or drug issues that might explain the degree of rage and violence he displayed in killing the two women, said Crown at sentencing.

The Crown’s case was based on DNA blood evidence found in his car and on his shoe matching his victims.

His trial for Redford’s murder will be in 2014. No date has been set.

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