Quebecer’s second trial in deaths of his kids begins with jury-selection process

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SAINT-JEROME, Que. — The process of selecting a jury is underway in the second trial of a former Quebec doctor who is facing two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his young children.

Guy Turcotte sat impassively in a courtroom north of Montreal today before Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent.

Turcotte’s case riveted Quebecers for weeks in 2011 as a lengthy trial heard how he came to be charged in the 2009 deaths of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3.

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The task of selecting a dozen jurors from a list of 1,650 candidates could take about two weeks.

Vincent has set aside three months for the jury to hear witnesses and final arguments.

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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