February 23, 2016 6:44 am
Updated: February 23, 2016 12:43 pm

Quebec’s top court accepts Guy Turcotte’s challenge of parole eligibility

WATCH ABOVE: Former cardiologist Guy Turcotte is found guilty of second-degree murder in the deaths of his two children.

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MONTREAL – Quebec’s top court has accepted to hear the appeal of a former doctor who stabbed his children to death and was ordered to spend at least 17 years behind bars.

Guy Turcotte’s attorneys were hoping to seek permission Tuesday to appeal a judge’s ruling that he not be allowed to apply for parole until the 17 years are up.

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But Justice Marie St-Pierre of the Quebec Court of Appeal said that since the appeal was actually based on a question of law alone, it wasn’t necessary to seek permission.

Instead, the challenge of the parole eligibility will be folded into an earlier appeal against his conviction on second-degree murder.

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It will be heard sometime late this year or early 2017.

In December, a jury found Turcotte guilty in the February 2009 deaths of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3, who were stabbed a total of 46 times.

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