Judge orders trial in Canada dismemberment case
MONTREAL (AP) – A Canadian judge has ordered a former porn actor accused of dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to political parties to stand trial on first-degree murder.
Luka Magnotta has pleaded not guilty in the slaying of Jun Lin last May. He is accused of killing the university student and posting a video online that shows him stabbing and having sex with the dismembered corpse.
Quebec court Judge Lori-Renee Weitzman ruled Friday there is enough evidence to send Magnotta to trial. Evidence presented at the hearing is subject to a publication ban.
The prosecution says the trial will take place in 2014.
Magnotta’s lawyer had wanted the charge reduced to second-degree murder.
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