Killer ex-doc Guy Turcotte to face second trial after Supreme Court rejects appeal

Guy Turcotte. (Handout photo)

Guy Turcotte. (Handout photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:30 PM ET

OTTAWA — A former heart specialist will face a second trial for killing his two young children after Canada's highest court rejected his appeal on Thursday.

The Supreme Court upheld a lower court's ruling that Guy Turcotte face a new trial.

He stabbed his son Olivier, 5, and daughter Anne-Sophie, 3, dozens of times in a rented home north of Montreal in February 2009.

The ex-cardiologist admitted during his first trial in 2011 that he killed his children.

A jury found him not criminally responsible for the gruesome killings, accepting his claim that he was suicidal and despondent because his marriage was crumbling and his wife slept with a friend.

The verdict provoked outrage across Canada, with some calling for the death penalty.

Turcotte's ex-wife, Isabelle Gaston, a doctor who worked at the same hospital as Turcotte, said the Supreme Court has corrected a "nonsensical" verdict.

"I kept hoping that's what would happen," said Gaston, who has become a victims' rights activist since she lost her children.

She said the trial judge was "misled" by psychiatrists who testified for the defence at trial.

The killer spent just over a year in a Montreal mental hospital before he was released in December 2012.

He was re-arrested last November after the Quebec Court of Appeal granted the Crown's request to try Turcotte a second time.

Turcotte then appealed to the Supreme Court.

His case, and that of bus beheader Vince Li in Winnipeg, prompted the federal government to pass a new law that makes it more difficult to release people found not criminally responsible for serious crimes.


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