Guy Turcotte’s lawyer challenging parole eligibility ruling for convicted murderer


MONTREAL — A lawyer for an ex-cardiologist who murdered his two children is in a Quebec courtroom today to appeal the length of time his client must spend in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

Guy Turcotte fatally stabbed his three-year-old daughter and five-year-old son in 2009.

He was found not criminally responsible and was sent to a psychiatric hospital in Montreal and released in December 2012.

An appeals court overturned the verdict and Turcotte was found guilty in 2015 of second-degree murder and later sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years.

Defence lawyer Pierre Poupart says the judge who handed down the sentence did not take into account Turcotte mental’s state at the time of the killings.

Turcotte is not at today’s arguments at the Quebec Court of Appeal.

The Crown will outline its case this afternoon.



The Canadian Press