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Lawyer of former Winnipeg journalist accused in bank robberies asking for psychiatric tests

53-year-old Stephen Vogelsang was arrested and charged in connection to two robberies in Medicine Hat. Medicine Hat Police Service / Handout

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – A lawyer appeared in a southern Alberta court Wednesday on behalf of a former Winnipeg TV journalist accused in a string of bank robberies.

Stephen Vogelsang is charged with robbing two banks in Medicine Hat, three in Regina and one in Saskatoon last year.

Vogelsang remains in custody in Regina. He was granted bail in Alberta, but not in Saskatchewan.

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Lawyer Greg White says he will ask the Crown about getting psychiatric tests to determine Vogelsang’s mental state.

He says he doesn’t know whether his client will plead guilty or not guilty.

White says there have been issues transporting Vogelsang between the provinces for court appearances.

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He also asked the court for his client’s bail to be cancelled in Alberta to make it easier.

READ MORE: Saskatoon police lay robbery charge against Vogelsang

Vogelsang taught journalism at Red River College in Winnipeg from 2002 until 2011.

He previously worked as a sports anchor at CTV Winnipeg before becoming the station’s news director.