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.
“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.