Raymond will remain in custody until a court finds that he is no longer a threat to society.
The judge found Matthew Raymond not guilty of the deaths of four Fredericton people two years ago.
The judge reversed the decision on Friday morning after consulting for about 25 hours over four days.
Raymond, 50, had admitted to shooting and killing Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright from the window of his last room at 237 Brookside Dr., then Fredericton Const. Sara Burns and Const. Robb Costello while answering shooting calls on August 10, 2018.
Family members of the victims shed tears as the decision was read out.
Justice Larry Landry warned people of the explosion. A relative of Burns, wearing a “#FrederictonStrong” shirt, came out of the yard crying
Dressed in a navy shirt and black trousers, Raymond wiped his tears and shook his head.
Raymond’s mother, Shirley Raymond, also wiped away the tears.
Fredericton police chief Roger Brown sent a statement a few minutes after the decision. He thanked the judges for their time.
“I am well aware that no one has come out of this situation unharmed,” he said in a statement. “It is important that we respect the decision that has been passed as we move forward.”
Outside the Fredericton Convention Center, where a court was held for alleged physical abuse, Raymond’s lawyer Nathan Gorham said his client was relieved by the decision, but felt “sorry” for what had happened and regretted what he had done.
“The grief he expressed to us has been physically manifested, completely overcome by grief,” Gorham said.
He mentioned that “it is possible that there is still a long way to go” before Raymond can no longer be considered a threat to the community and released.
A case plagued by delays
As a witness in his case, Raymond testified that he believed he was shooting demons, not people, coming to kill him after making sure the end times had come.
Two psychiatrists diagnosed her with schizophrenia, and a third diagnosed her with dementia.
The ruling came more than two years after the shooting, which sent shock waves across the province. The case has been plagued by delays since its inception due to issues of tightness and tightness and closure of the COVID-19 courts.
The case lasted more than 10 weeks and involved 44 witnesses, including police, nurses, psychiatrists, Raymond himself, and members of his family.
The judge was the first person to be elected in Canada since the announcement of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Justice Larry Landry thanked 11 judges for their work and pardoned them for the last time.
Crown said Raymond’s deception was not so great that he did not know what he was doing or that it was wrong. Crown testified that Raymond did not shoot the couple standing next to Robichaud’s body, and that he turned his shotgun on himself, blocked his door, and shot the victims in the head and chest, indicating his intent to kill.
Raymond thought the victims were demons
Although he admitted to killing four victims, the lawyer said he was not guilty of the crime because his schizophrenia prevented him from knowing what he was doing or that it was wrong.
He testified that he was shooting at demons who came to kill him, not people.
Before the judge began deliberating, Landry told them that finding Raymond guilty of a criminal offense did not mean that he would be released.
He said Raymond would remain in jail until a decision was made to determine how he would be treated and how he would be treated. By law, the New Brunswick Review Board or judge must hold a hearing within 45 days of the decision.
At the trial, the judge or board must consider public safety, Raymond’s attitude and his involvement with the public to determine whether he is a serious threat to public safety. Family members of the victims will also have the opportunity to read the impact statements of the victims.
Justice Landry has set a date for December 11 at 9:30 p.m.
Janet Austin, a law professor at the University of New Brunswick, said in a serious case, it was unlikely that the killer would be detained for a while. And once they are released, the review board will need to make sure that their treatment and treatment is effective.
“If you look at it statistically, most people who are found not guilty and released are not retaliating,” he said.
Medication required during testing
Raymond was already receiving antiretroviral injections months before and during the trial.
He testified that he stopped believing in demons last month, but still believes he heard a child outside his window say “Come out and play, baby,” which he interpreted as the first sign of Armageddon.