Guy Turcotte Released on Bail Pending New Trial

Guy Turcotte Released on Bail Pending New Trial

Saint-Jerome (Quebec) September 13, 2014 – Despite several reservations, including from his ex-wife Isabelle Gaston, Guy Turcotte was released Friday pending the conduct of his second trial for the murder of his two children in 2009.

Depressed and suicidal, the former cardiologist claims he blacked out during the events that led to him stabbing both his children to death. In a highly controversial decision by the court, he was found not criminally responsible due to mental illness in July 2011. Following an appeal filed, the verdict was struck down in 2013 and M. Turcotte was once again arrested before being released on bail.

In his decision to allow bail, Judge André Vincent, of the Superior Court of Quebec, has determined that the former cardiologist is no longer a danger to anyone. He added that the man has the right to the presumption of innocence, as he is awaiting a second trial.

The conditions of his release are strict: he shall keep the peace, to appear in court when required, follow a curfew, refer twice a month to an officer of the Sûreté du Québec, continue psychiatric treatment and take his medication. He must also live in the home of his uncle.

He is not allowed to change his address, contact his former spouse and the new spouse of the latter or be within 100 yards of their residence. He is not allowed to leave Québec, possess a passport, possess a firearm, and consume alcohol or drugs not prescribed by a qualified doctor.

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