Suspect in Calgary's worst mass murder to make initial court appearance

By: Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

 | Apr 22, 2014 - 9:54 AM |
Candles are lit for the five victims at memorial service in Calgary, on April 17, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

Candles are lit for the five victims at memorial service in Calgary, on April 17, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

CALGARY - The man charged in Calgary's worst mass murder is scheduled to make his first court appearance today.

Matthew de Grood, 22, was charged one week ago after five people were stabbed to death at a house party that was being held to mark the end of the school year.

He's been held at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre since his arrest.

"He is there because he was directed by a justice of the peace to be there," said his lawyer Allan Fay.

Fay said it's too early to talk about whether he will be seeking bail or if a psychiatric assessment will be ordered but said he understands that request could come from the Crown.

Jordan Segura, Kaiti Perras and Josh Hunter were stabbed to death along with Zackariah Rathwell and Lawrence Hong at a house party April 15. The party was being held to celebrate the end of classes at the University of Calgary.

De Grood, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. His father is a 33-year member of the Calgary Police Service.

Fay said his client is doing as well as can be expected.

"He appeared distraught. He appeared upset. He appeared fearful. All of those things that one would expect under those circumstances," said Fay.

"I think anybody in his position would be concerned about what comes next. I think that's pretty self evident."

De Grood's court appearance comes as another funeral is scheduled in Calgary.

Rathwell, a promising musician with the band Zackariah and the Prophets, will be remembered at a service today.

Three funerals were held yesterday for Rathwell's bandmate Hunter, Segura and Perras. A funeral is scheduled to be held Wednesday for Hong.

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