Canada murder trial hears of body parts in mailed parcels

Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:01pm EDT
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By Allison Lampert

MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Canadian man who has admitted to killing and dismembering a Chinese student sent packages of body parts, pink tissue paper and hand-written notes to elementary schools and political parties, jurors were told on Tuesday.

Graphic evidence presented on the second day of the trial of Luka Magnotta, 32, included police testimony on the smell of blood in Magnotta's Montreal apartment and the discovery of a severed head in a city park weeks after the killing.

Magnotta has admitted to killing Jun Lin, 33, but has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include first-degree murder, committing indignities to Lin's body, broadcasting a video of the killing and mailing severed body parts.

His lawyer says Magnotta is not criminally responsible because he is mentally ill. The government says Magnotta planned the killing for six months before the 2012 crime.

Police and forensic witnesses testified on material found in Magnotta's apartment and on the grisly contents of parcels sent by mail to Ottawa and Vancouver.

Montreal police forensic investigator Chantal Turmel told the court she was dispatched to Magnotta's apartment after a video was posted online showing a naked man being dismembered and his torso being sodomized.

Turmel's photos of the scene, shown to the jury, also showed red splotches on the bathroom sink, tub and floor, and inside both the fridge and the freezer.

"When we removed the mattress, there was a smell that was a little bit rotten," Turmel said.   Continued...

An artist's sketch shows Luka Rocco Magnotta, appearing in court for his preliminary hearing in Montreal, in this March 11, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Atalante/Files