Luka Magnotta trial: Still no verdict

The jury in the Luka Magnotta murder trial has still not reached a verdict after a fourth day of deliberations.

Montreal murder trial jury to continue deliberations on weekend

The eight women and four men who will decide the fate of accused murderer Luka Magnotta have completed four days of deliberations, and will continue to deliberate every day until they reach a verdict. (Rex Features/Canadian Press)

The jury in the Luka Magnotta murder trial has still not reached a verdict after a fourth day of deliberations.

The eight women and four men will now continue deliberations on the weekend in the hopes of reaching a verdict on the fate of Magnotta, who admits killing Concordia University student Jun Lin in his Montreal apartment in May 2012, but has pleaded not guilty with his lawyer arguing that he should be found not criminally responsible due to mental health issues.

One of the only signs jury members have given about the state of their talks was a question on Wednesday, the second day of deliberations.

They asked whether a personality disorder is a disease of the mind from a legal standpoint, which appears to indicate they were debating whether a not criminally responsible verdict could apply in this case.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer answered that it is considered a mental illness.

Late on Friday afternoon, the jurors sent another note to the judge requesting technical help because they were having issues trying to watch video clips. Less than 30 minutes later, they left for the day.

The jurors will remain sequestered and continue deliberations every day until they reach a verdict – and that includes Christmas Day, next Thursday, if necessary.

The jury has several options for a verdict.

Magnotta, 32, who grew up in Ontario, has admitted to the acts behind the five charges he faces, but on the first-degree murder charge, the jury could find him guilty of first-degree murder if they believe he planned the crime; second-degree if they believe he had intent without planning; or manslaughter.

If the jury finds him not criminally responsible, that verdict has to apply to all five charges he is facing, which include:

  • First-degree murder.
  • Committing an indignity to a body.
  • Publishing obscene material.
  • Mailing obscene material.
  • Criminal harassment.

Magnotta’s lawyer, Luc Leclair, argued during the trial that his client was in a psychotic state at the time he committed the crimes was unable tell right from wrong.

The Crown argued the killing and dismemberment of Lin was premeditated.