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Luka Magnotta trial: Video shows victim entering accused’s building
Luka Magnotta trial: Video shows victim entering accused's building

Luka Magnotta trial: Video shows victim entering accused’s building

Luka Magnotta was caught on video calmly leading an animated Jun Lin” into his apartment building hours before Lin was murdered and cut to pieces.

Later, Magnotta is later seen wearing Lin’s shirt while leaving the building.

Other clips played Thursday at Magnotta’s murder trial show him disposing of garbage bags and lugging away a heavy travel bag.

Police also found a laptop containing the so-called murder video that had been circulating on the Internet.

It was only after they started looking at surveillance tapes that investigators came to the conclusion it was another man.

Earlier in the day, proceedings were delayed as lawyers discussed elements of the case, which saw extensive discussions of the sex life of the now-deceased Jun Lin Wednesday. The questioning left some uncomfortable, but aimed to determine if the murder could have been premeditated.

Montreal police’s Caroline Simoneau showed items seized, changing her surgical gloves each time she picked a new one up.

Recorded testimony from onetime superintendant Eric Shorer – since deceased – was played. The court heard Shorer describing his initial encounter with Magnotta, who applied for the apartment using a passport as identification.

Magnotta told Shorer, according to the recording, that he had “a possible job as caregiver” and that he had a child in the area. He was dressed casually and seemed “very normal, very cordial.”

The notion that Magnotta had a child had not been previously mentioned elsewhere.

The jury had 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. Defence attorney Luc 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 Lin Jun 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.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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