Guy Turcotte murder trial now in closing arguments

Guy Turcotte murder trial now in closing arguments

Main pic: Guy Turcotte arrives at the courthouse on September 28, 2015 in Saint Jerome, Que. Closing arguments are set to continue today at in the trial of a Quebec man accused of killing his two children. Guy Turcotte’s lawyer argued last week his client was a loving father who would not have killed his children unless he was suffering from mental illness. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

SAINT JEROME, Que. — Closing arguments are set to continue today at in the trial of a Quebec man accused of killing his two children.

Guy Turcotte’s lawyer argued last week his client was a loving father who would not have killed his children unless he was suffering from mental illness.

Turcotte has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of his son, Olivier, 5, and his daughter Anne-Sophie, 3.

The ex-doctor has admitted to causing their deaths, but his lawyers argue the 43-year-old should be found not criminally responsible by way of mental disorder.

The accused testified he drank windshield washer fluid on Feb. 20, 2009, in order to kill himself and decided to kill his two young children to spare them the pain of finding his body.

The Crown’s final arguments will follow the defence submission.

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