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Crown to appeal woman's acquittal in Mississauga teen's murder

The Crown is appealing the acquittal of a woman charged in the stabbing and bludgeoning death of a 13-year-old Mississauga girl.

The Ministry of the Attorney General says the Crown has filed a notice of appeal against the acquittal of Michelle Liard. She walked free last month after a jury convicted only her then-boyfriend of first-degree murder in the killing of Aleksandra Firgin-Hewie in 2008.

During the trial, the prosecution argued Rafal LaSota attacked the teen in his bedroom, stabbing her 37 times with a knife in the neck and upper torso. Ms. Firgin-Hewie had several defensive wounds on her hands and arms.

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Mr. LaSota's DNA was found under her fingernails, and he later told his mother he had killed a girl, but said it was an accident.

Mr. LaSota's mother called police, who found the girl stuffed in garbage bags behind the shed in the his backyard.

The trial had also heard how Ms. Liard once told the teen "she wanted to experiment with her" and cut her "up into little pieces."

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