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Crown psychiatrist doesn’t believe Magnotta is schizophrenic

A glimpse inside the Montreal courtroom where Luka Magnotta is being tried for murder. Delphine Bergeron/Global News

MONTREAL — A Crown psychiatrist ended six days of testimony at the Luka Magnotta trial by having his conclusions dismissed by the defence lawyer.

Psychiatrist Gilles Chamberland has said he doesn’t believe Magnotta is schizophrenic and that nothing suggests he didn’t know that killing Jun Lin was wrong.

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But Magnotta’s lawyer, Luc Leclair, suggested Chamberland cut corners, was biased and didn’t look at the full evidence before concluding Magnotta wasn’t schizophrenic.

The issue of Magnotta’s mental state is key as he has admitted to causing Lin’s slaying in May 2012, but has argued he should be found not guilty by way of a mental disorder.

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Defence psychiatrists have testified they believe Magnotta was psychotic and could not tell right from wrong when he killed and dismembered the Chinese student.

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The trial continues Thursday.

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