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Quebec City Stabbing Suspect Makes Virtual Court Appearance From Jail Infirmary

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A bloodied yellow sheet marking the site of a victim of a stabbing is seen beside an evidence marker in Quebec City, on Nov. 1, 2020. The man accused in the Quebec City Halloween night stabbing attack that killed two people appeared in court today via videoconference from the infirmary of his detention centre. (The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot)

QUEBEC—The man accused in the Quebec City Halloween night stabbing attack that killed two people appeared in court today via video conference from the infirmary of his detention centre.

No reason was offered in court to explain why Carl Girouard, 25, was in the infirmary of the Quebec City jail.

Girouard, from Ste-Thérèse, Que., is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder after a man dressed in a medieval costume and wielding a Japanese-style sword went on a rampage last Oct. 31 in Quebec City’s historic district.

Two residents, 56-year-old Francois Duchesne and 61-year-old Suzanne Clermont, were killed, and five others were seriously injured.

Girouard’s lawyer, Pierre Gagnon, told the court today he needs more time to review the evidence against his client.

The case is scheduled to return to court in Quebec City on June 18.

 

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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