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Murder suspect Luka Magnotta due to make second court appearance via video

In this photo provided by Montreal Police, Luka Rocco Magnotta is taken by police from a Canadian military plane to a waiting van on Monday, June 18, 2012, in Mirabel, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Montreal Police

MONTREAL - Luka Rocco Magnotta is scheduled to make a second court appearance today.

And, just like his initial appearance on Tuesday, the 29-year-old murder suspect is expected to appear in a Montreal court via a video link.

He was formally charged on Tuesday with the first-degree murder of university student Jun Lin, along with defiling his corpse.

Magnotta, who has pleaded not guilty, is also accused of harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and MPs, and publishing and mailing obscene material.

His lawyer may request a psychiatric evaluation during today’s proceedings.

If the request is granted, Magnotta would be sent to a psychiatric facility for not more than 30 days, after which a report would be filed.

Magnotta is accused of mailing Lin's body parts to such places as the Ottawa offices of the Conservative and Liberal Parties and two Vancouver schools.

He is also accused of posting a video of the gruesome events on the Internet.

Magnotta arrived in Canada on Monday, shackled and surrounded by heavy security as he was returned from Germany aboard a military plane.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
The Canadian Press

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