Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Suspect to be assessed

CALGARY—A judge has ordered the suspect in Calgary’s worst mass murder to undergo a 30-day assessment to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial.
Matthew de Grood, 22, was charged after five young people were stabbed to death at a house party that was being held to mark the end of the school year.

He was wearing blue coveralls when he appeared in court via closed-circuit television.
De Grood, the son of a senior Calgary police officer, appeared relaxed and leaned against a wall during the brief proceeding.
He is to return to court May 22.
He has been held in custody at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre since his arrest on five counts of first-degree murder.
Jordan Segura, Kaiti Perras, Josh Hunter, Zackariah Rathwell, and Lawrence Hong all were at the party April 15 when they were killed.
De Grood’s court appearance today came the same day as the funeral for Rathwell—a promising musician with the band Zackariah and the Prophets.
Three funerals were held yesterday for Segura, Perras, and Rathwell’s bandmate, Hunter.
A service for Hong is scheduled for tomorrow.
De Grood’s lawyer, Allan Fay, said yesterday that his client was doing as well as could be expected.
“I think anybody in his position would be concerned about what comes next,” Fay said.
“I think that’s pretty self-evident.”

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