Lawyer wants former broadcaster accused of bank robberies to take psychiatric tests
Stephen Vogelsang, once a sports anchor and teacher, faces multiple charges in Alberta, Saskatchewan
The lawyer for a former TV journalist accused in several bank robberies says he plans to speak to the Crown about arranging for psychiatric tests to determine his client's mental state.
Lawyer Greg White appeared on Vogelsang's behalf in Medicine Hat provincial court on Thursday. Vogelsang remains in custody in Regina.
"When he was brought into custody, a psychiatrist saw him and wrote a letter suggesting that she was concerned that at the time when they say the offences were committed, he might not be criminally responsible — if he was the person who did this," White said.
Vogelsang's next court date is set for July 24 in Medicine Hat.
White said he doesn't know how Vogelsang will plead.
"It all depends on whether or not we're going to get a psychiatric assessment, and those are all the discussions that we're going to have with the Crown in the next month," he said.
Issues getting to court
White said he doesn't understand why it's so complicated.
"Her Majesty the Queen has people in custody from Newfoundland to British Columbia and they're able to be moved," he said.
White is only representing Vogelsang on the Alberta charges.
Vogelsang taught journalism at Red River College in Winnipeg from 2002 until 2011. He previously worked as a sports anchor at what is now CTV Winnipeg before becoming the station's news director.
White said Vogelsang appeared to be in good spirits when they spoke on Wednesday.
"I don't know if my opinion counts for anything, but I find Mr. Vogelsang to be a very intelligent and engaging individual and he seems to have a lot of support from other people."
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