A man accused of killing two-year old girl and her father in southern Alberta earlier this month will undergo a psychiatric evaluation of 30 days.
Derek Saretzky appeared briefly Wednesday by video conference in a Lethbridge courtroom. The man, 22, wearing a blue suit, kept his eyes lowered during most of the hearing.
The accused went back behind bars after being rushed to hospital last week. Some media report that allegedly attempted to end his life.
His lawyer Patrick Edgerton, Mr. Saretzky looks healthy – he talks and walks normally – although it is obviously concerned about the legal proceedings.
Me Edgerton explained that the psychiatric evaluation was recommended to determine if his client is fit to stand trial and to understand his state of mind during the drama.
The review will be conducted forensic center of southern Alberta, Calgary. The case will be back in court on October 29.
Derek Saretzky is accused of the premeditated murder of the little Hailey Dunbar Blanchette and his father, Terry Blanchette. He also faces a charge of indignity to the corpse of the girl.
The accused was arrested after the body of Mr. Blanchette had been discovered in his home in Blairmore earlier in September.
The authorities could not find the little Hailey had launched an Amber Alert, which had spread to Canada and the US West. His body was finally recovered the next day in a rural area near Blairmore.
The police revealed that MM. Blanchette and Saretzky knew, but did not specify the nature of their relationship. the girl, Cheyenne Dunbar, described Mr. Saretzky like an old friend whom she had not spoken for years.