Gabriel Klein fit to stand trial but will remain at psychiatric hospital: judge

Abbotsford school stabbing suspect found fit to stand trial
(Aired Jan. 15) The B.C. Review Board has found the suspect in the fatal 2016 Abbotsford school stabbing is fit to stand trial in a decision supported by Gabriel Klein's lawyer, doctor and Crown counsel. Nadia Stewart has reaction.

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has ruled that a man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl in an Abbotsford high school is fit to stand trial.

Gabriel Klein will remain at a psychiatric hospital for the duration of the trial instead of going to a pre-trial centre.

Klein is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault in a November 2016 stabbing attack that killed 13-year-old Letisha Reimer and wounded another girl.

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Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes declared him unfit to stand trial last April because he suffers from schizophrenia, auditory hallucinations and paranoid delusions. The B.C. Review Board ruled Jan. 15 that he was fit to stand trial and Holmes agreed with requests from the Crown and defence on Thursday that she also declare him fit.

Court heard that Klein is taking a new medication that has made it easier for him to understand court proceedings and communicate.

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