August 1, 2013 12:47 pm
Updated: August 1, 2013 1:03 pm

Gore website owner Mark Marek granted bail again

EDMONTON – The owner of an Edmonton-based website linked to the horrific video allegedly showing the murder of Montreal student Lin Jun was granted bail for the second time on Thursday.

Edmonton police charged 38-year-old Mark Marek with Corrupting Morals on July 16.

The investigation, which began in June 2012, determined Marek was the owner and operator of bestgore.com, operated out of Edmonton.

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“It is alleged that Marek posted the video online in Edmonton, knowing the video that was sent to him by Luka Magnotta was depicting a real murder,” said EPS Staff Sgt. Bill Clark.

After the rare Corrupting Morals charge was laid, a judge decided to release Marek on $7,500 bail on July 18th.

Marek has pleaded not guilty to the Corrupting Morals charge.

However, the EPS issued a warrant for Marek’s arrest on July 25 after he breached a condition of his release.

The conditions included not using the Internet or having a cellphone.

Police asked for the public’s help finding him, and received a tip that same day. Marek was arrested at a Leduc gas station on July 26.

At a hearing on Thursday morning, he was again given bail. Marek was released on the breach charge on a $500 bail with conditions.

A spokesperson with Alberta Justice explained Marek didn’t have to pay the $500 bail Thursday. However, if he breaches the conditions again, he may have to pay the $500 and may not get all or a portion of the $7,500 he paid for the previous bail back, depending on what the judge decides.

Marek is due back in court on September 12.

Magnotta was charged with first-degree murder in the brutal slaying. His trial is scheduled to begin in Montreal in September 2014.

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