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Psychiatrist testifies Turcotte too ill to stop himself from killing kids

In this Sept, 2015 file photo, Guy Turcotte is seen arriving at the Saint Jerome courthouse.
In this Sept, 2015 file photo, Guy Turcotte is seen arriviving at the Saint Jerome courthouse in Saint Jerome, Que. Graham Hughes/the Canadian Press

SAINT-JEROME, Que. – A psychiatrist testifying for the defence says Guy Turcotte was aware he was hurting his son when he began stabbing him with a knife, but was unable to control his ability to stop the action.

Dominique Bourget is back in court today and being cross-examined as a defence witness at Turcotte’s first-degree murder trial. It is her third day on the witness stand.

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Turcotte has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the February 2009 slayings of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie,3.

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

The Crown contends Turcotte is guilty of premeditated murder, however, Bourget says Turcotte’s brain was profoundly sick and he was unable to stop himself from killing his children.

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