Ex-Quebec doctor charged with killing his two children to remain free

A former Quebec doctor charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his two children will remain a free man pending his new trial.

MONTREAL — A former Quebec doctor charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his two children will remain a free man pending his new trial.

The Quebec Court of Appeal ruled today that Guy Turcotte should not be incarcerated ahead of the trial, which is set to begin next September.

A jury found Turcotte not criminally responsible in 2011 in the stabbing deaths of five-year-old Olivier and three-year-old Anne-Sophie in 2009.

His freedom comes with various conditions, including having to stay with his uncle and not being allowed to get in touch with his ex-wife.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent granted Turcotte bail a few months ago, saying he does not represent a danger to society and is entitled to the presumption of innocence.

The Crown appealed that decision and argued Vincent erred when he said releasing Turcotte would not undermine the public’s faith in the judicial system.

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