De Grood appears in court, before heading off for further 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

Bill Kaufmann, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:43 PM ET

CALGARY — The man accused of Calgary's worst mass slaying will undergo an assessment to determine if he can be found criminally responsible.

Matthew de Grood occasionally smiled as friends and family of the five victims looked on in court Tuesday.

A pale de Grood was dressed in blue jail coveralls and sat in the prisoner's box at Court of Queen's Bench. Emotional friends and family of the victims filled half the room.

The judge granted a Crown motion to have the accused transferred to Edmonton's Alberta Hospital for a 30-day assessment.

Prosecutor Neil Wiberg said that's partly in response to his expectation the defence will question de Grood's criminal intent after he was found fit to stand trial last May.


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