Monday, February 22, 2010

Hearing for doctor-dad accused of killing two children (Montreal, Canada)

Dad GUY TURCOTTE is facing two counts of 1st-degree murder in the death of his two children. Turcotte was separating from his wife, the children's mother, at the time of the murders. It may have been a failed murder-suicide attempt, since Dad was found lying next to the children in a drug overdose.

Hearing for doctor accused of killing his 2 kids

Children of cardiologist Guy Turcotte found dead in Piedmont home in Feb. 2009

The Gazette February 22, 2010 3:42 PMStory

MONTREAL – A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday in the case of cardiologist Guy Turcotte, 37, who is facing two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his two children in February 2009 in Piedmont, about 15 kilometres northwest of St. Jérôme.

The hearing is to be held at the St. Jérôme courthouse.

On Feb. 21, 2009, Turcotte’s two children, Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3 were found dead in the Piedmont home of their father and mother, who had been separating at the time. Turcotte, 36, a cardiologist, was found lying on the floor from a drug overdose.

After initially being brought for treatment to the St. Jérôme hospital where both he and his wife worked as doctors, Turcotte was transferred to Sacré Coeur Hospital in Montreal because medical staff at the St. Jérôme hospital did not want to treat him.

The children’s mother, Isabelle Gaston, is an emergency-room doctor. She is a native of the Quebec City area, and was skiing at Le Massif, east of Quebec City, on the weekend when police were alerted to potential trouble involving the cardiologist.

A physician interviewed in the St. Jérôme hospital’s cafeteria the week after the children’s slayings said he had heard the crime-scene evidence suggests Turcotte may have gone into "some kind of fit of delirium" in the moments before the killings.

In the year since his children’s deaths, Turcotte has been hospitalized twice for suicide attempts while in prison.

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