Canadian court to take two week break in hearing for man accused of murder, dismemberment
The preliminary hearing for alleged Canadian killer Luka Magnotta will adjourn for a two week break.
Jenni Byrne, a top confidante to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and currently the director of political operations for the federal Conservative Party in Canada, testified Thursday in a Montreal courtroom on the ninth day of the preliminary hearing. The judge heard testimony from several other witnesses that arrived from Ottawa.
The precise nature of the testimony and evidence presented at the hearing is subject to a publication ban and therefore cannot be disseminated.
Magnotta is accused of murdering and dismembering Chinese national Jun Lin and mailing his body parts throughout Canada, including to two Canadian schools and Canadian Parliament. The story gathered international attention when he fled to Europe where he was finally arrested at an internet café in Berlin.
He is charged with murder in the first degree, defiling a corpse, using the Canadian mail system for delivering “obscene, indecent, immoral or scurrilous” material, and criminally harassing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as well as other government.
The preliminary hearing is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send Magnotta to trial.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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