December 22, 2014 5:37 am
Updated: December 22, 2014 9:00 am

Jurors in Luka Magnotta trial deliberate for seventh day

An artist's sketch shows Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer instructing the jury at the murder trial for Luka Rocco Magnotta, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 in Montreal. Magnotta is charged in connection with the death and dismemberment of university student Jun Lin in a case that made international headlines.


MONTREAL – Jurors deciding the fate of Luka Rocco Magnotta worked through the weekend, but still failed to reach a verdict.

Today will mark Day 7 of their deliberations in Montreal.

Since getting the case last Tuesday the panel of eight women and four men have contacted the court only twice – once to ask a legal question and once to get technical help.

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Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder and four other offences in the slaying and dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin in May 2012.

He’s pleaded not guilty by way of mental disorder in hopes of being found not criminally responsible.

Magnotta’s lawyer claims his client is schizophrenic and couldn’t tell right from wrong at the time of the slaying, however, prosecutors argue Lin’s death was both planned and deliberate.

In addition to murder, Magnotta is charged with criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament; mailing obscene and indecent material; committing an indignity to a body; and publishing obscene materials.

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