MONTREAL – The lawyer for a Canadian man accused of dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties around the country has asked jurors to find his client not criminally responsible.
Luka Magnotta, who faces five charges in connection with the 2012 slaying of engineering student Jun Lin, admitted to the killing but pleaded not guilty. Lawyer Luc Leclair said in his closing arguments Wednesday that there is no doubt in his mind that Magnotta is schizophrenic and was not of sound mind.
The jury heard 66 witnesses over a 40-day period, including reports and testimony of forensic psychiatrists who had different views on Magnotta's illness and state of mind at the time of the crime.
Magnotta was arrested in Berlin after an international manhunt.