MONTREAL – Luka Rocco Magnotta will appear at the Montreal courthouse via videoconference at 2 p.m. Thursday in connection with several charges, including the first-degree murder of student Lin Jun.
His lawyer, Pierre Panaccio, is expected to request his client undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he can be deemed criminally responsible for the crimes with which he is charged.
For the request to be accepted by Quebec Court judge Renée-Lori Weitzman, Panaccio will have to show reasonable cause that Magnotta requires an evaluation.
If the request were to be accepted, Magnotta would be transferred to the Philippe Pinel Institute for up to 30 days.
Magnotta, 29, is facing five charges in connection with the murder and dismemberment of 33-year-old Lin overnight May 24-25.
He is suspected of mailing Lin’s hands and feet to federal political parties in Ottawa and two schools in Vancouver, and of videotaping the crime and posting it to the Internet.
He was apprehended in Berlin on June 4, and flown back to Montreal Monday.