More psy­chi­atric test­ing for man ac­cused of killing his par­ents and girl­friend

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Mur­der sus­pect Dustin Duthie, who is charged with the sep­a­rate killings of his girl­friend and par­ents, will un­dergo a 30-day as­sess­ment to de­ter­mine if he qual­i­fies for a find­ing of not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble by rea­son of a men­tal dis­or­der.

Pro­vin­cial court Judge Al­lan Frad­sham on Wed­nes­day granted an ap­pli­ca­tion by de­fence lawyer Re­becca Snukal to send Duthie for fur­ther psy­chi­atric test­ing.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Shane Parker did not op­pose the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Duthie, 25, faces three charges of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the July deaths of his girl­friend Tay­lor Toller, his mother Shawn Boshuck, and step­fa­ther Alan Pen­nyle­gion.

The bod­ies of all three were found at two lo­ca­tions in Cal­gary on July 31.

It’s al­leged Toller was killed July 25 at a res­i­dence in the 2000 block of Ap­plevil­lage Court S.E., while Boshuck and Pen­nyle­gion were slain the day their bod­ies were found in their home in the 10100 block of Hid­den Val­ley Drive N.W.

Snukal told court that doc­tors have al­ready found Duthie fit to stand trial, but she wishes fur­ther test­ing to de­ter­mine his men­tal state at the time of the killings.

Snukal asked Frad­sham to rec­om­mend Duthie be as­sessed by Dr. David Tano at the South­ern Al­berta Foren­sic Psy­chi­a­try Cen­tre.

She said the doc­tor has some fa­mil­iar­ity with her client al­ready.

“He is tech­ni­cally not the as­signed psy­chi­a­trist,” Snukal said.

But she said SAFPC di­rec­tor Dr. Ken Hash­man said a court rec­om­men­da­tion for a spe­cific doc­tor would be con­sid­ered in the as­sess­ment.

Un­der the Crim­i­nal Code, a per­son is fit if they un­der­stand the charges and can in­struct coun­sel.

But if a men­tal dis­ease at the time of the al­leged of­fence im­paired their con­tact with re­al­ity to the point they could not tell right from wrong, a find­ing of not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble can be made.

Duthie re­turns to court Nov. 16.

COUR­TESY OF CBC CAL­GARY

Dustin Duthie is the lone sus­pect in slay­ing of Tay­lor Toller, Shawn Boshuck and Alan Pen­nyle­gion.

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