Former cardiologist Guy Turcotte, who was found not criminally responsible three years ago of killing his two children, is asking to be freed until his upcoming trial begins.

Turcotte, who admitted killing his two young children, was found not criminally responsible due to mental health issues.

He spent 18 months at the Pinel Institute and now seeks to be released to live with his aunt and uncle until his trial begins early next year.

Psychiatrists who treated Turcotte said that he went into major depression when he learned of the retrial.

He was said to have shown psychotic symptoms including paranoia, he thought a guard was after him and he’d hide in his room.

He is on several medications and his symptoms are now said to have improved.

Turcotte looked frail, dejected as he sat in St. Jerome court Wednesday.