Public and media allowed into body parts case

AP News
Posted: Mar 12, 2013 12:23 PM

MONTREAL (AP) — A Quebec judge presiding over the case of Canadian porn actor accused of dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to political parties and schools has ruled the public and media will be allowed inside the courtroom for his preliminary hearing.

Quebec court Judge Lori-Renee Weitzman denied a defense motion to exclude the public and the media on Tuesday.

Luka Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying and dismemberment of Jun Lin last May. Lin's body parts were mailed to the headquarters of two of Canada's political parties.

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The hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence to send Magnotta to trial.

Preliminary hearings can be subject to an automatic publication ban. Magnotta's legal team sought an even more stringent ban.