Guy Turcotte’s murder trial loses a juror; and then there were 11

Guy Turcotte’s murder trial loses a juror;  and then there were 11

Main pic: Guy Turcotte arrives at the courthouse Monday, September 28, 2015 in Saint Jerome, Que. Turcotte is being retried for the murder of his two children.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz.

SAINT−JEROME, Que. — The trial of a former Quebec doctor who is charged with murdering his children has lost a juror.

That means 11 people will now continue to hear the case against Guy Turcotte, who faces two counts of first−degree murder in the 2009 slayings of Olivier, 5, and Anne−Sophie, 3.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent said he exercised his powers under the Criminal Code to free the juror. The reason for the dismissal cannot be made public.

A trial needs a minimum of 10 jurors to proceed.

The case will not sit Thursday and Friday as another juror requires an operation for an injury sustained last weekend and because a trial cannot proceed with an absent juror.

Turcotte has pleaded not guilty to the charges but admitted through his lawyers last week to causing the children’s deaths.

The Canadian Press

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