MAGNOTTA TRIAL: testimony from more police witnesses on Day 4

Luka Rocco Magnotta watches the proceedings at his first-degree murder trial in Montreal, Tuesday, Sept.30, 2014.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike McLaughlin

MONTREAL - Luka Rocco Magnotta's first-degree murder trial has entered its fourth day and is expected to hear from more police witnesses.

Defence attorney Luc Leclair is continuing with the cross-examination of Montreal police officer Caroline Simoneau this morning.

The jury has previously seen photographs taken by Simoneau of evidence recovered in trash outside Magnotta's apartment and of packages that were mailed to Ottawa and Vancouver.

Leclair is now entering many of the items as exhibits.

The 32-year-old Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying and dismemberment of Chinese student Jun Lin in an apartment in May 2012.

He has pleaded not guilty to five charges but will argue he is not criminally responsible because of mental disorder.

While Magnotta admits to causing the acts he's accused of in Lin's death, Leclair has said his client suffers from schizophrenia and was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder shortly before the slaying.

The Crown contends the killing was planned and deliberate and says its case will show just that.

The five charges against Magnotta are first-degree murder; criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament; mailing obscene and indecent material; committing an indignity to a body; and publishing obscene material.

Thursday is the last day of testimony for the week. For the most part, the jury will not sit on Fridays.


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