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MONTREAL — Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the second trial of a former Quebec cardiologist who is charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of his two children.

Guy Turcotte’s story riveted Quebecers for weeks in 2011 as a lengthy trial heard how the popular doctor in a town north of Montreal came to be charged in the 2009 deaths of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3.

The judge in the second trial has set aside three months for the jury to hear witnesses and final arguments.

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The Crown is expected to begin presenting its evidence on Sept. 21 and has said it will present at least 22 witnesses.

Turcotte’s lawyers, Guy Poupart and Pierre Poupart, haven’t outlined their strategy.

The Quebec Court of Appeal ruled in 2013 that Turcotte should stand trial again after concluding the trial judge had erred in his directives to the jury.

The Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear Turcotte’s attempt to have the new case dismissed.

He was granted bail last December.

 

The Canadian Press

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