SAINT-JEROME, Que. — Guy Turcotte was disconsolate and kept repeating during a telephone conversation the day his children were killed that his wife had “destroyed him,” his mother testified at his murder trial Wednesday.
Marguerite Fournier described the call she had with Turcotte on Feb. 20, 2009, the day Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3, were stabbed to death.
Turcotte, 43, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the slayings, but has admitted to causing the deaths.
Fournier said Turcotte’s voice in the one-hour call, which she initiated because she had not heard from him in a week, was low and muffled.
“It sounded like someone who was tipsy, who had been drinking,” she told the courtroom.
“His voice made me think of someone who wanted to take his life.”
She testified the conversation was stilted and that Turcotte often changed the subject.
She quoted him as repeatedly saying, “Mum, I love you. Tell dad I love him.”
Fournier also said he made similar comments about his brothers and sisters.
“I ended up asking him, ‘But what’s up with you tonight?’ Then he burst out that Isabelle (Gaston, the mother of his children) had a boyfriend.”
Then he kept saying, “In my house, in my bed.”
Fournier said she told Turcotte to move on with his life.
“I have the impression he didn’t hear me,” she told the trial. “He kept going on about his misfortune and his suffering. He said several times, ‘She’s destroyed me.”’
Wanting to change the subject, Fournier asked her son what he was going to do the following day. Turcotte mentioned Olivier’s piano lesson and an appointment he had with his real-estate agent.
Fournier testified that the conversation began at 8:35 p.m. Previous testimony has revealed that Turcotte had already cancelled the real-estate meeting by then.
And the children’s babysitter has also testified she had received a call at 8:30 p.m. to say her services would not be required the following day.
Turcotte’s lawyer, Pierre Poupart, questioned Fournier about the way his client behaved with his children.
“Guy loved kids (even) before he had any,” she said. “He got so much joy out of them. He was a doting and loving father…He loved playing with them, they were his priority.”
Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press