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Brampton couple who killed man's 10-year-old son files notice of appeal

Garfield Boothe and Nichelle Boothe-Rowe, both found guilty in April in the death of Shakeil Boothe, have each filed a notice of appeal

A Brampton couple who killed the man's 10-year-old son after months of abuse that involved chaining the boy to his bed wants its second-degree murder conviction overturned.

Garfield Boothe and Nichelle Boothe-Rowe, both found guilty in April in the death of Shakeil Boothe, have each filed a notice of appeal.

In her notice, Boothe-Rowe says she is appealing on the grounds that ``the judge erred in charging the jury and as a result, the verdict/conviction was unreasonable.''

Boothe, meanwhile, lists among the grounds of appeal that Ontario Superior Court Justice Fletcher Dawson refused to try him and his wife separately.

He also writes that Dawson refused to declare a mistrial ``based on conduct of co-accused'' and argues that the cross-examination he endured from his wife's lawyer was ``unfair.''

During trial, the couple blamed each other for Shakeil's death, but Dawson said in his decision Shakeil's father delivered the brutal beating that pushed the frail, sickly boy over the edge in May 2011.

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