August 28, 2014 8:04 am

Matthew de Grood set to appear in Calgary court

A sketch of Matthew de Grood, appearing in a Calgary court on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, by artist Janice Fletcher.

Global News

CALGARY – The young man charged in Calgary’s worst mass murder is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Matthew de Grood, 22, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder after a violent stabbing spree at a house party on Tuesday, April 15th.

Zackariah Rathwell, 21, Jordan Segura, 22, Josh Hunter, 23, Kaitlin Perras, 23, and Lawrence Hong, 27, were celebrating the end of the school year when they were killed.

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De Grood appeared in court in July, at which time his defence lawyer requested that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he can be held not criminally responsible for the murders.

The 22-year-old was transferred from the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre to an Edmonton hospital to be assessed.

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De Grood had previously been found fit to stand trial.

At the time, his lawyer had argued that de Grood could still be mentally ill.

“Being fit to stand trial only means that he understands the process and he can instruct council,” said Allan Fay. “You can still be very profoundly mentally ill and be fit to stand trial.”

A preliminary inquiry has been scheduled for March 2nd – 13th, 2015, when a court will determine if there is enough evidence for de Grood to stand trial.

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