'Fitness' hearing for Fredericton shooter underway

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Thursday is the first full day of testimony at the hearing to determine if the man accused of killing two Fredericton police constables and two civilians last year is fit to stand trial.

Matthew Vincent Raymond is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Constable Sara Burns, Constable Rob Costello, Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright at an apartment building on Fredericton's northside in August 2018.

Jury selection was completed Wednesday, with four men and eight women selected along with two female alternates.

CTV Atlantic's Laura Brown reports on Twitter that some evidence was heard yesterday once jury selection had been completed.

In a tweet, Brown says the court heard testimony from Alex Pate, an articling student working for Raymond's lawyer, as well a report from a Forensic Psychiatrist and audio recordings of non-private conversation between Raymond and his legal team.

The specifics of the testimony and other evidence presented at this hearing are under a publication ban.

Brown reports Alex Pate is expected to return to the stand again today, followed by Dr. Scott Woodside, who is another Forensic Psychiatrist.

The hearing is to determine whether or not Raymond is fit at this point in time to stand trial, not to determine his innocence or guilt.

If he is found fit to be tried, a seoncd jury will be selected for the trial.

(With files from CTV Atlantic's Laura Brown)