Defense attorney: Legal aid not sufficient to hire experts for Canadian murder, dismemberment trial
An attorney for the Canadian man accused of murdering and dismembering a Chinese national is requesting more money to help hire experts for the defense.
Luc Leclair was hired by legal aid to represent Luke Magnotta, 30, but he said in court Friday that the funds provided by legal aid to pay for expert witnesses is not sufficient. The state’s cap for expert witnesses is usually $1,200, but it has been since raised to $3,000. However, Leclair said that still isn’t sufficient to hire a competent English speaking expert.
Leclair told Superior Court Justice Michael Stober that he has already retained two experts who are not happy with their payments, and he wants to hire a third.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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