(Philip Tallio as a teenager around the time he was arrested for the rape and murder of 22-month-old Delavina Mack. Handout photo.)
Philip Tallio has been in prison for 34 years serving time for a heinous crime.
The rape and murder of 22-month-old Delavina Mack rocked the small community of remote Bella Coola, B.C. in April 1983. Tallio has always maintained his innocence though an alleged confession is a part of the Crown’s evidence.
After the University of British Columbia (UBC) Innocence Project took on his case, an appeal was filed in 2016.
APTN National News, in partnership with the Vancouver Sun, argued successfully in court for files related to the appeal to be unsealed. “A Case for Innocence” airs tonight (Jan. 12) on APTN Investigates. A number of documents are still subject to an ongoing publication ban.
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