December 23, 2014 | NEWS
A Montreal jury has found Luka Magnotta guilty of first-degree murder in the gruesome 2012 killing of engineering student Jun Lin. The verdict was reached after eight days of deliberations, which largely focused on Magnotta’s mental state at the time of the killing. 32-year-old Magnotta has admitted to killing and dismembering Lin, and sending body parts to political parties, but has pleaded not guilty to the five charges against him because of a mental illness. Crown prosecutor Louis Bouthillier says Magnotta had not taken the stand to defend himself, making it hard to prove that he was not criminally responsible. Along with first-degree murder, Magnotta has been charged with criminally harassing the Prime Minister and other MP’s, mailing obscene and indecent material, committing an indignity to a body, and publishing obscene materials. 33-year-old Lin was a Chinese national studying at Concordia University when he met Magnotta.
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