Guy Turcotte bail release decision won't be challenged to top court

The Crown says it will not appeal the Quebec Court of Appeal's decision to release former cardiologist Guy Turcotte on bail. He's awaiting his second trial, scheduled for September, into the killing of his two children.

Former Quebec cardiologist awaiting 2nd trial in death of his 2 young children

Former cardiologist Guy Turcotte was found not criminally responsible in July 2011 in the deaths of his two children. The Crown said Monday it won't appeal his release on bail as he awaits his second trial.

The Crown says it will not appeal the Quebec Court of Appeal's decision to release former cardiologist Guy Turcotte on bail as he awaits his second trial.

Turcotte was found not criminally responsible in his first trial in the deaths of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3. The Court of Appeal overturned that verdict in November 2013 and ordered a new trial.

Last September, he was released on bail with conditions. At the time, Quebec Superior Court Judge André Vincent said he believed releasing Turcotte would not cause the public to lose faith in the justice system.

Turcotte is entitled to be presumed innocent until proven guilty leading up to a murder trial in which the entire process will start from zero, Vincent said.

Turcotte’s release involves a number of conditions, including not communicating with or coming within 100 metres of his former wife, Isabelle Gaston. 

His second trial will start in September.

He's currently living with his uncle, on Montreal's South Shore.