June 19, 2012 5:07 AM ET
Luka Rocco Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to the multiple charges against him, including first-degree murder, in the death and dismemberment of Chinese student Jun Lin.
Magnotta appeared via video link at the Montreal courthouse Monday afternoon before Justice Lori-Renée Weitzman, in a brief hearing that lasted about three minutes.
Standing impassive and under guard watch, Magnotta pleaded not guilty through his lawyer Pierre Panaccio.
The case returns to court on Thursday, again by video, to discuss a motion requesting psychiatric evaluation.
Panaccio told his client that he hoped to speak with him later Tuesday, and said Magnotta could call him at home.
“I’d be pleased to talk about this,” Panaccio said. “Okay,” Magnotta responded, before being led away to detention.
Crown prosecutor Louis Bouthilier said Magnotta’s eventual trial would be based on the first-degree murder count, as “the other charges are accessory to this one.”
Bouthilier will try the case along with Crown prosecutor Hélène Di Salvo.
Suspect extradited Monday on military plane
Magnotta, 29, was flown from Germany to Quebec’s Mirabel airport aboard a military plane on Monday evening, in a highly controlled and secretive extradition operation orchestrated to minimize media attention on his return.
Magnotta was taken to a police operational centre in the north end of Montreal, where he was held overnight. He will likely be transferred to one of the city’s high-security detention centres, now that he’s been formally charged.
Magnotta is suspected of killing and dismembering Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese citizen and permanent resident in Canada who was attending Concordia University.
Last month, Lin’s torso was found in a suitcase outside an apartment in Montreal, the same day his hand and foot were mailed to the Ottawa offices of the federal Conservative and Liberal parties. His other hand and foot were discovered by staff opening packages at two separate schools in Vancouver several days later.
An international warrant for his arrest listed five charges, including first-degree murder, committing an indignity to a human body, posting obscene material, mailing obscene material and criminal harassment of Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament.
Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière said investigators have begun their interrogation process, and their priority is to locate Lin’s severed head.
Lafrenière said DNA samples will be taken from Magnotta to explore possible links to other homicide cases.
Widespread media coverage
Lin’s family arrived in Canada earlier this month and posted an open letter saying the 33-year-old was their “pride and joy.” They also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support and assistance they have received.
Police believe Lin was killed sometime around the evening of May 24 or early May 25. Video that allegedly captured some of the act was posted to an online gore site on May 25 and circulated on the web for several days.
The discovery of Lin’s remains prompted an international manhunt for Magnotta, who fled first to France and later to Germany. He was arrested in a Berlin cybercafé on June 4.
The brutal details of Lin’s death have drawn widespread media coverage both here in Canada and abroad. Lafrenière said the massive amount of public attention garnered by the case necessitated the secretive operation to get Magnotta back into Canada.
And a Montreal defence lawyer says that will make it difficult for Magnotta to receive a fair trial.
“The trial judge will have to make sure with each and every juror that there’s no bias,” Jeffrey Boro said.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
Luka Rocco Magnotta
3321 96336 41756221 64
his path of destiny = 64 = 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick. Solitary confinement.
[Ceres/Eris = Mercury]
Luka Rocco Magnotta was born on July 24th, 1982 (time of birth unknown) in Scarborough, Canada according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luka_Magnotta
July 24th, 1982
7 + 24 +1+9+8+2 = 51 = his life lesson = Killing. Homicide. Murder. Mastermind. Dangerous. Unfeeling. Anything he says or does can and will be used against him in a court of law. Lawyers.
July 24th, 1982
7 + 24 +2+0+1+1 = 35 = his personal year (from July 24th, 2011 to July 23rd, 2012) = Guarded. Defending himself.
35 year + 5 (May) = 40 = his personal month (from May 24th, 2012 to June 23rd, 2012) = Tending to matters.
40 month + 19 (19th of the month on Tuesday June 19th, 2012) = 59 = his personal day = Canada’s cannibal.
40 month + 21 (21st of the month on Thursday June 21st, 2012) = 61 = his personal day = Not letting him get away with murder.
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