Quebec mother found guilty in deaths of daughters to appeal verdict

A Quebec mother convicted in the killings of her two young daughters will appeal the guilty verdicts.

Adele Sorella's lawyers filed a motion today with the province's Court of Appeal.

A jury found the 53-year-old woman guilty on March 5 on two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of her daughters, Amanda, 9, and Sabrina, 8. The girls were found dead in the family home in Laval on March 31, 2009.

The jury rejected her defence seeking a verdict of not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.

Sorella told the court she had little memory of the day when her daughters were found dead. And medical experts testified that Sorella experienced a dissociative episode the day of the killings.

Sorella's lawyers raise three arguments in support of the appeal: the guilty verdicts were unreasonable and not supported by the evidence; the rejection of the not criminally responsible defence was also unreasonable; and the trial judge erred in her instructions to the jury.