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Psychiatrist tells Guy Turcotte’s trial he was anxious, suicidal after arrest

Guy Turcotte leaves the courthouse in Saint-Jerome, Que., Monday, September 14, 2015. An emergency technician has testified that Guy Turcotte told hospital officials a day after his children were stabbed to death that he wanted to die and that what he had done was terrible.
Guy Turcotte leaves the courthouse in Saint-Jerome, Que., Monday, September 14, 2015. An emergency technician has testified that Guy Turcotte told hospital officials a day after his children were stabbed to death that he wanted to die and that what he had done was terrible. The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes

SAINT-JEROME–The first psychiatrist to see Guy Turcotte after his arrest and transfer to a mental hospital in 2009 says he diagnosed him with an anxiety adjustment disorder and says he was in a suicidal state.

Jacques Talbot told Turcotte’s trial today he met with the accused six days after the slayings of his son Olivier and daughter Anne-Sophie.

Talbot says he diagnosed him as anxious, emotional and in a state of depression requiring medication for anxiety and insomnia.

Turcotte, 43, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of the two children.

He has admitted to causing their deaths but his lawyers are arguing he should be found not criminally responsible by way of mental disorder.

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