Case put off for man charged in Quebec election-night shooting

Associated Press

MONTREAL - The man charged in Quebec's election-night shooting has had his case put off until January.

Richard Henry Bain was supposed to receive the results of his psychiatric evaluation today to determine if he was fit to stand trial.

But lawyers told a court in Montreal that Bain refused to speak to a female psychiatrist who spoke to him first in French.

His court appearance this morning was less dramatic than his previous one when he delivered a lengthy rant about being sent on a mission by Jesus Christ to rid Quebec of its ''separatist problem.''

He kept mostly quiet today but at one point demanded an investigation into an alleged assault against him at a court appearance in October.

Before being led away by prison guards, he wished everyone Merry Christmas.

One person was killed and another wounded in the Sept. 4 attack at a downtown club where the Parti Quebecois was celebrating its election victory.

Bain faces 16 charges, including first-degree murder; three counts of attempted murder; arson; and a number of weapons counts.

Premier Pauline Marois recently told a TV show she believes she may have been the target of a political assassination attempt the night of the shooting.

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