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Mon 8 Sep 2014

Murder trial of Canadian porn actor Luka Magnotta begins

  • By Maja Micudova
  • Last update: 43 weeks ago
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Eyes of Luka Rocco Magnotta drawn on the wall in Montreal

The trial of Canadian porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta begins in a Montreal court. Magnotta allegedly murdered and dismembered his lover, Chinese student Lin Jun, and sent the body parts to political parties and schools.

On April 13, a judge in the case decided that Magnotta, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, is fit to stand trial. The date for the trial was set two weeks later. 

Magnotta has been charged with first-degree murder, defiling a corpse and threatening the Canadian prime minister. He pleaded not guilty at the first hearing, which took place via video-link under guard watch. 

The defendant appeared in court for the first time on June 21, 2012 when the time frame for the legal proceedings in his case was set. 

Preliminary hearings in the case started on March 11.

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