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Guy Turcotte to be released today until 2nd trial

09/19/2014 12:06 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:01 EDT
The former cardiologist Guy Turcotte is set to be released today pending his second murder trial for the 2009 stabbing deaths of his two children.

The last condition of his release has been met after he obtained a $100,000 mortgage on his brother's house to be used as collateral.

Turcotte is expected to live on the South Shore with his uncle where he will help as a live-in caregiver.

The court has imposed several other conditions, such as a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, an order to not communicate with his ex-wife, Isabelle Gaston, and an obligation to report to provincial police.

A new trial

A week ago the 42-year-old Turcotte was granted bail after the judge decided he did not pose a risk to society.

However, he remained in custody as the court waited for him to fulfill one of the conditions for his release — a notarized document showing a legal mortgage of $100,000 taken out by his brother.

At Turcotte's first trial in 2011 a jury found him not criminally responsible in the deaths of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3, due to mental disorder.

In September 2013, the Crown appealed the decision, asking for it to be annulled and for a new trial to be ordered.

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 in November that Turcotte would stand trial again on two counts of first-degree murder.

Turcotte’s second trial is set to begin in September 2015.

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