March 13, 2018 12:28 pm
Updated: March 13, 2018 12:30 pm

Guy Turcotte’s lawyer challenging parole eligibility ruling for convicted murderer

Guy Turcotte leaves the courtroom at the Saint Jérôme courthouse in 2015.


A lawyer for an ex-cardiologist who murdered his two children is in a Quebec courtroom Tuesday to appeal the length of time his client must spend in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

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Guy Turcotte fatally stabbed his three-year-old daughter and five-year-old son in 2009.

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He was found not criminally responsible and was sent to a psychiatric hospital in Montreal and released in December 2012.

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An appeals court overturned the verdict and Turcotte was found guilty in 2015 of second-degree murder and later sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years.

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Defence lawyer Pierre Poupart says the judge who handed down the sentence did not take into account Turcotte mental’s state at the time of the killings.

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Turcotte is not at the arguments at the Quebec Court of Appeal.

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The Crown will outline its case Tuesday afternoon.

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