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Jury selection for Luka Magnotta trial nears completion

09/19/2014 01:02 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:01 EDT
Three new jurors were added to the Luka Magnotta jury this morning, bringing the total number of jurors selected up to 15. That leaves one more seat left to fill.

The latest additions, all women, include a translator, a butcher shop administrator and a geologist. As it stands, the jury consists of six men and nine women.

Lawyers opted for a 16-person jury as a safeguard: as substitutes, jurors 15 and 16 won’t be required to sit in on the trial unless one of the other jurors is unable to fulfil his or her duties.

Jurors 13 and 14 will take part in the trial and hear all of testimony and evidence, but will not decide on the verdict unless they are required to replace one of their colleagues.

The court has interviewed nearly 100 candidates this week, screening for bilingualism and impartiality. Magnotta is present during the interviews, and defence lawyer Luc Leclair occasionally consults with him before approving or rejecting potential jurors.

Among the candidates interviewed today was a journalist who said he knew too much about the story, a hairdresser who had watched what Leclair refers to as the "so-called murder video," and a telecommunications company employee who said he had never heard of the much-publicized case. They were all turned away.

Magnotta faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder, in connection to the slaying of Concordia University student Jun Lin.

If jury selection wraps up this afternoon, the trial is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

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