Accused Fredericton shooter found fit to stand trial, asks to be set free

A Fredericton man accused of murdering two police officers and two civilians in an August shooting spree has been found fit to stand trial.

Matthew Raymond is charged with the first-degree murders of Fredericton constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello, and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.

In court Tuesday, Raymond stood and insisted he was innocent and asked that his handcuffs and shackles be removed so he could be set free.

Provincial court Judge Julian Dickson has imposed a publication ban on any information or arguments dealing with the application for the psychological assessments.

The case will be back on court Dec. 11, as the lawyers discuss a longer assessment for the question of whether Raymond could be found criminally responsible.

He is alleged to have fired from his apartment window with a long gun, killing the two civilians as they loaded a car for a trip on Aug. 10, and the two police officers as they responded to the scene.