Fitness hearing begins for man accused in New Brunswick mass shooting case
Matthew Vincent Raymond is escorted from Court of Queen's Bench in Fredericton on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)
FREDERICTON -- A fitness hearing for the man accused of killing four people in New Brunswick two years ago began today in Fredericton.
Matthew Raymond is accused of killing Fredericton Police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns as well as civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright, on Aug. 10, 2018.
It took three days to choose the 12-person jury who will determine if Raymond is fit to stand trial.
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Larry Landry ordered a publication ban on the testimony.
It found fit, Raymond will face trial on four counts of first-degree murder starting Sept. 15 and could proceed with the same jury or request a new one.
The province has said the legal proceedings against Raymond would be the first full jury trial in Canada since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 19, 2020.