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Toronto girl who goaded boyfriend into killing teen loses murder appeal

Melissa Todorovic was convicted of murder in the stabbing death of Stefanie Rengel.

A Toronto teen who sexually blackmailed her boyfriend into killing a 14-year-old girl has lost her appeal against her first-degree murder conviction and sentence.

A lawyer for Melissa Todorovic had argued before the Ontario Court of Appeal that self-incriminating videotaped statements she gave to the police should not have been allowed as evidence at her trial.

Todorovic was convicted in the murder of Stefanie Rengel, a girl she had never met but considered a rival.

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Evidence was that Todorovic, then 15 years old, goaded her 17-year-old boyfriend, David Bagshaw, into killing Rengel.

Bagshaw, also convicted of first-degree murder, stabbed Rengel six times and left her to die in a snowbank on New Year's Day in 2008.

The Court of Appeal also dismissed Todorovic's challenge to her life sentence as an adult without parole eligibility for seven years.

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