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Matthew de Grood, Calgary stabbings accused, to undergo further psychiatric tests



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

Matthew de Grood, the 22-year-old man accused of killing five young people at a house party in northwest Calgary earlier this year appeared in a courtroom for the first time on Tuesday.

De Grood is accused in the fatal stabbings of:

- Lawrence Hong, 27.

- Joshua Hunter, 23.

- Kaitlin Perras, 23.

- Zackariah Rathwell, 21.

- Jordan Segura, 22.

The five were attacked at an end-of-semester party in Brentwood near the University of Calgary campus on April 15.

A judge ordered that de Grood, who was shackled and wearing blue coveralls, be transferred to Alberta Hospital Edmonton for a psychiatric assessment to determine if he meets the criteria for being declared not criminally responsible for the killings.

The judge also set a preliminary hearing for March 2 to 13 next year.

Friends and family members of the victims were in the courtroom.

At his last hearing, deGrood was found fit to stand trial after he underwent a 30-day mental health assessment at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre, where he has been held since April.

His previous court hearings have been via closed-circuit television.

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