Judge tells jury at Turcotte murder trial to stick to what they hear in court

Jurors at the murder trial of a former Quebec cardiologist who is charged with killing his two children have been told by the Crown they will likely hear emotionally gruelling testimony.

SAINT-JEROME, Que. — Jurors at the murder trial of a former Quebec cardiologist who is charged with killing his two children have been told by the Crown they will likely hear emotionally gruelling testimony.

Guy Turcotte’s second trial on the first-degree murder charges began today with the judge telling jurors they are the only judges of the facts in the case.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent also told the seven men and five women to ignore anything they hear outside the courtroom.

The trial is expected to last three months and feature about 30 witnesses called by the Crown.

Turcotte pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the murder charges in the 2009 deaths of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3.

Turcotte appeared to cry when Crown prosecutor Maria Albanese told the jury the children’s mother, Isabelle Gaston, will testify and have to relive what the Crown called “the worst thing in the world.”

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