Guy Turcotte Murder Trial: Psychiatrist defends destroying his notes

Guy Turcotte Murder Trial: Psychiatrist defends destroying his notes

SAINT-JEROME, Que. — The Crown is questioning a psychiatrist testifying at the trial of Guy Turcotte who admits he destroyed the notes of his 30 encounters with the accused.

Louis Morrissette testified today he destroyed them as he always does after completing psychiatric examinations.

Morrissette, a defence witness, told the jury today the essence of his findings is contained in his report.

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

He has admitted to causing their deaths by stabbing them a combined 46 times.

But his lawyers are arguing he should be found not criminally responsible by way of mental disorder.

Two defence experts, including Morrissette, have testified the accused was suffering from an adjustment disorder along with depression and anxiety.

On Wednesday, Morrissette also defended not talking with Turcotte’s now ex-wife, Isabelle Gaston, the mother of the two children, saying he didn’t consider it appropriate.

The witness said he had gathered Gaston’s version of events through the police, her testimony at Turcotte’s previous trial and through the media.

Morrissette says his view is that Turcotte did not kill his children out of anger or revenge against Gaston for having cheated on him.

Morissette says he believes Turcotte had sunk into a deep despair on Feb. 20, 2009 and was in the midst of a suicidal crisis that led him to consume windshield washer fluid before electing to kill his children out of a clouded logic that he didn’t want them to find him dead the next day.

Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press

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