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Magnotta admits to killing, pleads not guilty

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 01:09

Luka Magnotta admitted in court that he killed a Chinese student and mailed body parts to Canadian political parties, but his lawyer argues he was schizophrenic and therefore not criminally responsible. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The Canadian man, accused of killing and dismembering a Montreal student back in 2012, admitted to the killing in a Montreal courtroom, Monday. But the lawyer for 32-year-old Luka Magnotta says he is schizophrenic and therefore not criminally responsible. Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder, committing indignities to Jun Lin's body (including dismembering him) and broadcasting obscene material. He's also accused of mailing body parts to Canadian political parties and two elementary schools. He admitted to the acts underlying the five offenses, but he pleaded not guilty to each charge. Jun Lin's family lawyer spoke on behalf of the victim's father, with limited information as to not influence the trial. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIN FAMILY LAWYER, DANIEL URBAS, SAYING: "If you as a parent see your child in this evidence, you have an opinion. But he's not going to pronounce it until the verdict." Explicit details were publicized during the international manhunt for Magnotta, but a publication ban states they cannot be repeated.

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Magnotta admits to killing, pleads not guilty

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 01:09