Judge in Guy Turcotte murder trial will give final instructions to jury

Judge in Guy Turcotte murder trial will give final instructions to jury

Main pic: Guy Turcotte leaves the courthouse in Saint-Jerome, Que., Monday, September 14, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes.

SAINT JEROME, Que. — The 11 jurors who must decide the fate of a former Quebec doctor accused of killing his two children will begin receiving their final instructions today.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent will address the jurors in Guy Turcotte’s first-degree murder trial before they’re sequestered to begin their deliberations.

Turcotte has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the 2009 stabbing deaths of his son, Olivier, 5, and his daughter Anne-Sophie, 3.

Turcotte, 43, has admitted to causing the deaths but his lawyer is seeking a verdict of not criminally responsible by way of mental disorder.

The Crown completed its final arguments last Wednesday, saying the accused had decided to commit suicide and wanted to kill his children to ensure they weren’t raised by another man.

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

The Canadian Press

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