October 21st, 2020

Jurors in N.B. mass murder trial shown more images on suspect’s computer of ‘demons’


By The Canadian Press on October 15, 2020.

Matthew Vincent Raymond arrives at Court of Queen's Bench for the opening of his murder trial in Fredericton on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The jury at the mass murder trial in Fredericton has been shown hundreds of images and comments posted on the computer of Matthew Raymond. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

FREDERICTON – Jurors for the trial of accused mass murderer Matthew Raymond are being shown more images and messages from the suspect’s computer hard drives.

Alex Pate, a lawyer with Raymond’s defence team, is back on the witness stand today describing the contents on the computer of the man charged with the 2018 killings in Fredericton.

The jury is being shown a steady stream of pictures of entertainers, politicians and cartoons that Raymond allegedly identified on the computer as demons.

Raymond is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Donnie Robichaud, Bobbie Lee Wright and Fredericton police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns on Aug. 10, 2018.

Many of the pictures were accompanied by notes, allegedly from Raymond, that questioned whether the people in the photos were transgender.

Raymond’s defence team admits their client killed the four victims but says he should be found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 15, 2020.

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