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Luka Rocco Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to the multiple charges against him, including first-degree murder, in the death and dismemberment of Chinese student Jun Lin.Magnotta appeared via video link at the Montreal courthouse Monday afternoon before Justice Lori-Renée Weitzman, in a brief hearing that lasted about three minutes.
Standing impassive and under guard watch, Magnotta pleaded not guilty through his lawyer Pierre Panaccio.
The case returns to court on Thursday, again by video, to discuss a motion requesting psychiatric evaluation.
Panaccio told his client that he hoped to speak with him later Tuesday, and said Magnotta could call him at home.
"I'd be pleased to talk about this," Panaccio said. "Okay," Magnotta responded, before being led away to detention.
Crown prosecutor Louis Bouthilier said Magnotta's eventual trial would be based on the first-degree murder count, as "the other charges are accessory to this one."
Bouthilier will try the case along with Crown prosecutor Hélène Di Salvo.