Accused Calgary mass killer Matthew de Grood awaits psych report

Matthew de Grood. (Handout/QMI Agency)

Matthew de Grood. (Handout/QMI Agency)

Dave Dormer, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:45 PM ET

CALGARY -- With a psychiatric assessment report still not complete, the case against accused mass killer Matthew de Grood was delayed by a further 30 days Thursday.

The 22-year-old, accused of stabbing five people to death at a northwest house party in April, appeared in court via closed-circuit television from Edmonton wearing an orange jump suit and a white T-shirt.

His dark hair cut short, de Grood shifted back and forth on his feet during the proceeding, staring straight ahead.

He did not speak.

"My understanding is the assessment has been completed but the report is not yet compiled for presentation to the court," defence lawyer Allan Fay said.

"I imagine we'll hear the doctor's opinion on whether or not Mr. de Grood meets the criteria for being criminally responsible under the Criminal Code."

But Crown attorney Neil Wiberg said the report is simply a doctor's opinion of whether de Grood can be found responsible and the ultimate decision will be up to a judge or jury at trial.


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