Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Man Charged in Wife's Slaying at Care Facility to Seek Bail: Lawyer

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Man Charged in Wife's Slaying at Care Facility to Seek Bail: Lawyer

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Quebecer charged in wife's death will seek bail

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MONTREAL - The lawyer for a Montreal man charged with killing his wife says society and the courts will have to decide whether the alleged act constituted murder or assisted death.

Elfriede-Andree Duclervil said Friday she intends to seek bail for Michel Cadotte, who is facing a second-degree murder charge.

Duclervil said Cadotte doesn't represent a risk to society and that some people see his alleged actions as driven by compassion.

"If we talk about assisted death we talk about compassion, we talk about kindness, we talk about empathy, we talk about dignity," she told reporters.

"There's no murder in empathy and compassion."

Cadotte, 55, appeared briefly in court and listened quietly as Duclervil asked for more time to prepare the case.

Cadotte was charged with second-degree murder in February, a day after Jocelyne Lizotte, 60, was discovered in cardiac arrest at a long-term care facility. …

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