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Man convicted of killing Abbotsford cop to be sentenced

Last Updated Jan 13, 2020 at 9:42 pm PST

A photo of Oscar Arfmann, 65, charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Abbotsford police offer Const. John Davidson is seen during a news conference held by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team at RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B.C. The lawyer for a man accused of murdering a police officer in Abbotsford, B.C., will not call a defence in the trial. Martin Peters, who represents Oscar Arfmann, told the B.C. Supreme Court trial in New Westminster that there has been a change of plans and Arfmann will not be testifying. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geordon Omand
Summary

Const. John Davidson was killed in November 2017

Oscar Arfmann was convicted of first-degree murder

Justice Carol Ross has set sentencing for Feb. 3.

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A lawyer for a man found guilty of murdering a police officer in Abbotsford, B.C., says his client will not pursue a hearing to determine his mental state at the time of the shooting.

In an interview, Martin Peters says a court-ordered assessment found that Oscar Arfmann is schizophrenic.

A trial in B.C. Supreme Court heard that Arfmann ambushed Const. John Davidson in November 2017 as the 53-year-old police officer got out of his vehicle.

Peters says the assessment report said it was open to the court to find Arfmann not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.

Instead, Peters says his client directed him to tell the judge at a hearing on Monday that he wanted to be sentenced for first-degree murder, which carries a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

He says Justice Carol Ross has set sentencing for Feb. 3.