Jury deliberations enter Day 2 in Magnotta case


MONTREAL – Jurors at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s murder trial are into their second day of deliberations.

Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder and four other charges in the slaying and dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin in May 2012.

The eight women and four men officially began their work on Tuesday and completed the day without reaching verdicts.

In theory, they are deliberating each day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Magnotta has pleaded not guilty by way of mental disorder and is seeking to be found not criminally responsible.

On the murder charge, the jury has four options: find Magnotta guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter, or find him not criminally responsible because of mental disorder.

The judge told the jurors Monday that if they find the accused not criminally responsible, the verdict must be the same for all five charges.

Magnotta is also charged with criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament; mailing obscene and indecent material; committing an indignity to a body; and publishing obscene materials

In his instructions, Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer suggested they start their work by focusing on the mental disorder defence.

The jurors heard some 66 witnesses over 40 days the trial sat.

They will have to consider hundreds of pages of medical files, expert reports and the physical evidence gathered in Montreal as well as Europe.