June 26, 2014 4:30 am

Deliberations continue at trial of man accused of killing, dismembering ex-girlfriend

Guang Hua Liu is shown in a police handout photo. Deliberations continue at trial of Chun Qi Jiang in the murder of his ex-girlfriend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Peel Regional Police - HO

BRAMPTON, Ont. – Jury deliberations continue today at the trial of a man accused of killing and dismembering his ex-girlfriend, then discarding her remains in several Toronto-area locations.

Chun Qi Jiang is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Guang Hua Liu, whose body parts were found in parks and waterways in August 2012.

The Crown alleges Jiang killed Liu, with whom he had an on-again, off-again relationship, after she spurned him for a new boyfriend.

The defence has argued Jiang’s 66-year-old mother fatally stabbed Liu during a dispute over allegedly stolen jewelry, then cut her body into pieces.

His lawyers say Jiang only helped cover up the gruesome crime to protect his mother, who died shortly after his arrest.

The jury began deliberations on Wednesday following instructions from Ontario Superior Court Justice Gisele Miller.

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