A jury has discovered Matthew Raymond not criminally accountable for the taking pictures deaths of 4 Fredericton residents two years in the past.
The jury returned the decision Friday morning after deliberating for about 25 hours over 4 days.
Raymond, 50, had admitted to taking pictures and killing Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright from his storage room window at 237 Brookside Dr., then Fredericton Const. Sara Burns and Const. Robb Costello once they responded to calls of pictures fired on Aug. 10, 2018.
Relations of the victims sobbed when the decision was learn.
Victims of the taking pictures, from left to proper: Constables Robb Costello, 45, and Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, and civilians Donnie Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32.
Justice Larry Landry cautioned folks in opposition to outbursts. A relative of Burns, sporting a “#FrederictonStrong” shirt, ran out of the courtroom in tears
Sporting a navy shirt and black pants, Raymond wiped away tears and nodded.
Raymond’s mom, Shirley Raymond, additionally wiped tears.
Fredericton Police Pressure Chief Roger Brown despatched a press release a couple of minutes after the decision. He thanked the jury for his or her time.
“[I] am absolutely conscious that no-one has emerged from this case unscarred,” he stated within the assertion. “It can be crucial that we respect the choice that has been handed down as we transfer ahead.”
Case stricken by delays
As a witness at his personal trial, Raymond testified he believed he was taking pictures demons, not people, coming to kill him after he grew to become satisfied the tip occasions had come.
Two psychiatrists testified they identified him with schizophrenia, and a 3rd identified him with delusional dysfunction.
Matthew Raymond leaves court docket for the night time after the jury started deliberating Tuesday. (Eric Woolliscroft/CBC)
The decision got here greater than two years after the taking pictures despatched shockwaves via the province. The case has been stricken by delays because the starting due to health to face trial points and COVID-19 court docket closures.
The trial spanned extra 10 weeks and had 44 witnesses, together with cops, nurses, psychiatrists, Raymond himself and members of his household.
The jury was the primary chosen in Canada because the COVID-19 pandemic was declared.
Justice Larry Landry thanked the 11 jurors for his or her service and excused them for the ultimate time.
The Crown argued Raymond’s delusions weren’t so intense that he did not know what he was doing or that it was improper. The Crown identified Raymond did not shoot a pair standing by Robichaud’s physique, that he modified his rifle to double the quantity of ammunition it might maintain, he barricaded his door, and he shot the victims within the head and chest, which exhibits intent to kill.
Raymond thought victims had been demons
Regardless of his admission that he killed the 4 victims, the defence argued he was not criminally accountable as a result of his schizophrenia stopped him from figuring out what he was doing or that it was improper.
He testified he believed he was taking pictures demons coming to kill him, not people.
Earlier than the jury started deliberating, Landry advised them discovering Raymond not criminally accountable doesn’t imply he will probably be launched.
He stated Raymond will stay in jail till a listening to is held to find out his supervision and remedy. By regulation, the New Brunswick Evaluation Board or a decide should maintain a listening to inside 45 days of the decision.
On the listening to, the decide or board should contemplate the security of the general public, Raymond’s psychological situation and his integration into society to determine whether or not he is a big menace to public security. Relations of the victims can even have an opportunity to learn sufferer impression statements.
Justice Landry has set a tentative date for the listening to for Dec. 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Medicines required throughout trial
Landry stated Raymond will solely be launched if and when the overview board decides he is not a big menace to the general public.
Raymond had already been receiving necessary antipsychotic treatment injections months earlier than and throughout the trial.
He testified he solely stopped believing in demons final month, and nonetheless believed he heard a baby outdoors his window say “Come out and play, child,” which he interpreted as an indication of Armageddon starting.