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Another delay for accused in mass stabbings

A sketch of Matthew de Grood, appearing in a Calgary court on Tuesday April 22, 2014, by artist Janice Fletcher, is shown. De Grood is to appear in court Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 after a psychiatric assessment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Janice Fletcher -
A sketch of Matthew de Grood, appearing in a Calgary court on Tuesday April 22, 2014, by artist Janice Fletcher, is shown. De Grood is to appear in court Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 after a psychiatric assessment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Janice Fletcher
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By The Canadian Press

CALGARY - A psychiatric assessment for a man accused of stabbing five young people to death at a house party in Calgary has been done but the final report is not yet complete.

Matthew de Grood has already been found fit to stand trial, but the Crown wanted a mental review to determine if he could be found criminally responsible if convicted.

Court heard this morning that the report will be ready by de Grood's next court appearance set for Sept. 26.

De Grood, who appeared via closed-circuit TV from Edmonton, said nothing.

He was charged in April with first-degree murder in the stabbings at a party near the University of Calgary to mark the end of the school year.

A preliminary hearing has already been scheduled to begin March 2.

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