Surveillance Video Shown in Canadian Body Parts Trial

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A Canadian jury this week was shown chilling video in the case of Luka Magnotta, the former gay-porn star who is accused of killing a Chinese student and chopping his body up before leading investigators on an international manhunt.

Surveillance video played in court Monday shows Magnotta, 32, and the deceased, Jun Lin, 33, entering Magnotta’s Montreal apartment building on May 24, 2012, where the two seem completely at ease and friendly, holding the doors for each other. A second clip from May 25, after prosecutors say Magnotta killed Lin, shows the accused stuffing two pillows into the garbage. A final clip shows Magnotta leaving the building carrying a large square suitcase — looking exactly like one which was later found behind the building with some of Lin’s body parts in it.

Magnotta is charged with the first-degree for the murder of Lin and with committing indignities to Lin's body and broadcasting obscene material. He is accused of dismembering Lin and mailing other body parts to Canadian political parties and to two elementary schools, news of which horrified Canadians and made headlines around the world.

Magnotta has admitted to killing Lin, but has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges on the grounds that he is schizophrenic and therefore not criminally responsible.

He was the subject of an international manhunt for about a month after the killing. He was arrested in an Internet cafe in Berlin — where he was reading about himself.


— Hasani Gittens