Killed by compassion: it’s the moment of truth at the Cadotte trial

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It will be either a murder or a manslaughter

The case of the Montrealer who killed his wife with Alzheimer’s has the background of a caregiver at the end of its resources, pleaded the defense Tuesday, while the Crown reminded that we must judge the gesture and not l ‘man.

“Even the most commendable motive can not raise a reasonable doubt about Michel Cadotte’s intention. The gesture he has made is the result of a conscious choice, “Crown counsel Geneviève Langlois told the jury Tuesday.

For the lawyer, the 57-year-old accused must be convicted of the second-degree murder of 60-year-old Jocelyne Lizotte, who was suffocated with a pillow on February 20, 2017, at CHSLD Émilie-Gamelin in Montreal.

Because even if Cadotte took care of her when she did not recognize anybody anymore and she had to remain attached at all times, the gesture committed to put an end to her sufferings is a murder.

The defense, on the other hand, believes that Cadotte should be convicted of manslaughter because of the depression that altered his judgment. The defense lawyer, Elfriede Duclervil, also reminded how much the couple spun the perfect love, until the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

“But he was still his wife, he could not give up, he loved her too much,” she told the jury, speaking of “descent into hell.”

Hypothecated health

For nine years, Cadotte cared for his wife to the detriment of his own health, even going to attend classes attendant beneficiary.

“The disease has brought Michel to the end of his strength, until it cracks,” said Duclervil recalling that Ms. Lizotte had said she preferred to die rather than lose cognitive functions.

The Crown, for its part, questioned the Cadotte Depression by recalling that it was still functional during all these years.

Judge Helene Di Salvo will give the jury instructions on Wednesday and then confine them until they reach a unanimous verdict.

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