Accused Canadian Cannibal Luka Magnotta Pleads Not Guilty
(MONTREAL) -- Luka Magnotta, a Canadian porn actor accused of killing, eating, and mailing the dismembered body parts of his lover to schools and government offices, has pleaded not guilty to five criminal counts, including first-degree murder.
Expressionless and flanked by guards, Magnotta, 29, appeared at the Montreal courthouse via closed-circuit video link for a hearing that lasted less than five minutes.
His lawyer, Pierre Panaccio, entered the plea on Magnotta's behalf and requested his client undergo psychiatric evaluation to determine his fitness for trial.
That motion will be decided Thursday when the court reconvenes.
Magnotta arrived in Montreal Tuesday following his extradition from Germany.
Magnotta was arrested on June 4 in a Berlin Internet café, days after police believe he videotaped the murder of Jun Lin, mutilated his body and mailed his hands and feet to government offices and schools. Lin's torso was discovered near the Montreal apartment where Magnotta lived. Lin's head, however, remains missing.
Charged with first-degree murder, Magnotta was for a time considered a priority fugitive by Interpol. He did not fight extradition and quickly admitted his identity when confronted by police in Germany, telling them, "OK, you got me."
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