By The Canadian Press on November 17, 2020.
FREDERICTON – Justice Larry Landry is expected to give instructions to jurors today before they begin deliberations in the Matthew Raymond murder trial.
The Crown and defence completed their closing arguments Monday.
Raymond, 50, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder, with his lawyers arguing he should be found not criminally responsible due to mental illness.
The Crown and defence agree Raymond is mentally ill and that he killed four people, but disagree about whether he understood that his actions were wrong.
Killed in the shootings were Donnie Robichaud, Bobbie Lee Wright and Fredericton police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns.
The defence has argued Raymond’s delusions led him to believe he needed to protect himself from demons, devils and serpents.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 17, 2020.