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Luka Rocco Magnotta murder trial set to start Sept. 29

Magnotta’s trial is expected to last between six and eight weeks and is now set to begin Sept. 29


 
An artist's impression of Luka Magnotta is shown at the Montreal Courthouse. (Mike McLaughlin/CP)

An artist’s impression of Luka Magnotta is shown at the Montreal Courthouse. (Mike McLaughlin/CP)

MONTREAL – Jury selection is complete at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s murder trial after a second alternate juror was picked this afternoon.

The man works as an auditor at an accounting firm.

Magnotta’s trial is expected to last between six and eight weeks and is now set to begin Sept. 29.

Earlier today, a female geologist was picked as the first alternate juror. They will be required to sit on the jury only if someone from the first 14 people selected is unable to.

The six men and eight women will hear all the evidence, while only 12 of the jurors will deliberate at the end of the trial.

The 32-year-old Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to five charges, including first-degree murder, in connection with the May 2012 slaying and dismemberment of 33-year-old Jun Lin, a Chinese engineering student.

Besides the murder charge, Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to committing an indignity to a body; publishing obscene material; criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament; and mailing obscene and indecent material.


 
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