Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Suspect in Deadly Moncton RCMP Shootings Found Fit to Stand Trial

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Suspect in Deadly Moncton RCMP Shootings Found Fit to Stand Trial

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Moncton shootings suspect fit to stand trial

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MONCTON, N.B. - A New Brunswick man charged with fatally shooting three RCMP officers and wounding two others in Moncton has been found fit to stand trial and chose to be tried by judge and jury.

Justin Bourque, who faces three charges of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, underwent a psychiatric assessment that concluded Bourque is competent and mentally fit for trial.

"Mr. Justin Bourque in my opinion does not meet the criteria for a defence of not criminally responsible," provincial court Judge Irwin Lampert said, reading aloud in court the assessment's conclusions.

Lampert ordered the document sealed at the request of defence lawyer David Lutz, who argued it would hamper Bourque's ability to receive a fair trial if the rest of its contents were made public.

Bourque, who sat quietly in the prisoners' dock during his brief court appearance Thursday, also elected to be tried by judge and jury before the Court of Queen's Bench, where his case will return on Aug. …

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