No verdict yet at Turcotte trial: jury deliberations to continue Saturday

No verdict yet at Turcotte trial: jury deliberations to continue Saturday

Guy Turcotte arrives at the courthouse as the jury deliberates for the fourth day Thursday, December 3, 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 jurors at Guy Turcotte’s murder trial will continue their deliberations on Saturday after failing to reach a verdict on Day 5.

Turcotte, 43, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 stabbing deaths of his children, Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3.

He admitted to causing the deaths but his lawyer argued the jury should find him not criminally responsible by way of mental disorder.

The jurors began their deliberations Monday afternoon and can reach one of four possible verdicts: not criminally responsible or guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter.

They have since been heard from twice: on Tuesday they wanted a copy of an article from the Criminal Code and on Wednesday they asked to listen again to the testimony of Crown psychiatrist Pierre Bleau.

This is Turcotte’s second trial on the charges. In 2011, a verdict of not criminally responsible took that jury six days of deliberations to reach.

The Canadian Press

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