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MAGNOTTA TRIAL: Jury hears from pathologist on Day 9 of first-degree murder trial

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October 10, 2014 - 8:48 AM

MONTREAL - The jury in Luka Rocco Magnotta's first-degree murder trial is listening to the cross-examination of the forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy on the remains of victim Jun Lin.

Defence attorney Luc Leclair is suggesting that Yann Daze's analysis was flawed because he failed to watch the so-called murder video of the crime that was posted to the Internet.

Leclair went as far as calling Daze "incompetent" for not having viewed the video, but Daze defended his approach and said his opinions must be formed based on what he sees in the lab, not in a video.

The 32-year-old Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to five charges in the murder and dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin in late May 2012.

Magnotta has admitted to the acts he's accused of in Lin's death, but is arguing he is not criminally responsible by way of mental disorder.

The 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 materials.

In testimony earlier Friday, Daze said there were no defensive wounds on Lin's body.

Daze concluded that Lin's throat was slit with a sharp object like a knife, which was the probable cause of his death. He was unable to determine whether numerous blows to the victim's head were inflicted before or after death.

Daze said the autopsy was complicated given the dismemberment of the body as well as the advanced state of decomposition.

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