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Updated: Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:23:46 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Guy Turcotte seeks conditional release pending new trial

Guy Turcotte seeks conditional release pending new trial

Guy Turcotte is seeking a conditional release today at the courthouse in St-Jérôme, north of Montreal, pending next year's new trial into the 2009 stabbing deaths of his two children.

The former cardiologist was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3.

In the first trial in 2011, Turcotte was found not criminally responsible because of a mental-health disorder.

Turcotte spent 18 months at a Montreal psychiatric hospital, the Pinel Institute, before his release in December 2012.

In September 2013, the Crown appealed the 2011 jury decision and asked the court to order a new trial.

The prosecutor argued that the judge in the first trial should not have given the jury the option of finding Turcotte not criminally responsible.

The Quebec Court of Appeal agreed and ruled last November that Turcotte would stand trial again on two counts of first-degree murder.

The Supreme Court of Canada rejected Turcotte's appeal of that decision last March.

Turcotte turned himself in to police shortly after the Appeal Court ruling. Since then, he has been detained at the Pinel Institute.

His second murder trial is set for Sept. 14,  2015.

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