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Guy Turcotte bail release decision won't be challenged to top court

02/02/2015 02:15 EST | Updated 04/04/2015 05:59 EDT
The Crown says it will not appeal the Quebec Court of Appeal's decision to release former cardiologist Guy Turcotte on bail as he awaits his second trial.

- Guy Turcotte's conditional release to be decided 'as soon as possible' by court 

Turcotte was found not criminally responsible in his first trial in the deaths of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3. The Court of Appeal overturned that verdict in November 2013 and ordered a new trial.

Last September, he was released on bail with conditions. At the time, Quebec Superior Court Judge André Vincent said he believed releasing Turcotte would not cause the public to lose faith in the justice system.

Turcotte is entitled to be presumed innocent until proven guilty leading up to a murder trial in which the entire process will start from zero, Vincent said.

Turcotte’s release involves a number of conditions, including not communicating with or coming within 100 metres of his former wife, Isabelle Gaston. 

His second trial will start in September.

He's currently living with his uncle, on Montreal's South Shore.

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