August 22, 2014 1:57 pm

Guy Turcotte, doctor who killed his kids, hopes to be released from custody

A court artist sketch shows Guy Turcotte during his appearance at the courthouse, November 14, 2013 in St. Jerome, Que.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike McLaughlin

MONTREAL – A former Quebec doctor who stabbed his two children to death is hoping to be released from a psychiatric hospital before his new trial.

Guy Turcotte’s lawyers are set to appear in court in Saint-Jerome on Sept. 3-4 to argue on his behalf.

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His new trial has been scheduled for September 2015.

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In 2011, a jury found Turcotte not criminally responsible in the stabbing deaths of his children Anne-Sophie and Olivier in 2009.

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The Crown successfully appealed the verdict last November and Turcotte was re-arrested.

In March, the Supreme Court of Canada announced it wouldn’t hear his appeal of that decision.

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The ex-cardiologist remains incarcerated at Montreal’s Pinel Institute, a mental-health facility.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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