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Updated: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:15:07 GMT | By The Canadian Press, cbc.ca

Calgary stabbings: Matthew de Grood to appear in court



Matthew de Grood, accused of stabbing five people to death at a Calgary party in April, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. He appeared in a Calgary court on Tuesday. Canadian Press

Matthew de Grood, accused of stabbing five people to death at a Calgary party in April, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. He appeared in a Calgary court on Tuesday. Canadian Press

A man accused of stabbing five young people to death at a house party in Calgary earlier this year is to appear in court today after a psychiatric assessment.

Matthew de Grood, 23, faces five counts of first-degree murder, and has already been found fit to stand trial.

But last month, when de Grood appeared in court in person for the first time, the Crown asked for a second mental-health review to determine if he could be found criminally responsible if convicted.

A docket judge ordered that de Grood be transferred to Alberta Hospital Edmonton for a 30-day psychiatric assessment on that question.

Grood was charged after the April 15 stabbings at a party near the University of Calgary to mark the end of the school year.

Killed in the early-morning attack were:

- Lawrence Hong, 27.

- Joshua Hunter, 23.

- Kaitlin Perras, 23.

- Zackariah Rathwell, 21.

- Jordan Segura, 22.

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