Calgary mass stabbing accused to undergo psych assessment

Pick up photo of Matt De Grood the murder suspect in the stabbing rampage of five young people in...

Pick up photo of Matt De Grood the murder suspect in the stabbing rampage of five young people in Calgary, Alta. on Tuesday April 15, 2014.Handout/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Kevin Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:56 PM ET

CALGARY — Matthew de Grood, the Calgary man charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the city's worst mass homicide, will undergo an assessment of his fitness to stand trial.

Provincial court Judge Jim Ogle ordered de Grood, 22, to undergo a 30-day period of testing to determine his capability to understand the legal process.

The assessment was requested by Edmonton Crown prosecutor Stephanie Brown after receiving a letter from psychiatrist Dr. Reilly Smith recommending the testing.

Defence lawyer Allan Fay did not oppose the application.

De Grood, son of veteran Calgary police Insp. Douglas de Grood, was charged last week after five young adults were slain at a house party in Calgary's Brentwood neighbourhood.


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