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Luka Magnotta trial: How Jun Lin met his killer still a mystery

10/06/2014 12:30 EDT | Updated 12/06/2014 05:59 EST
Homicide investigators found garbage bags full of evidence and surveillance video of victim Jun Lin and Luka Magnotta entering the latter’s apartment, but were never able to establish how the two first met, the jury at Magnotta’s murder trial heard on Monday.

Sgt.-Det. Claudette Hamlin, a veteran homicide investigator, told the court police went through more than 7,000 photos, cellphone records and searched email accounts looking for details on how the 33-year-old university student met Magnotta, all in vain.

Video surveillance entered into evidence in the trial’s first week showed the two entering an apartment on Decarie Boulevard in the evening of May 24, 2012. 

Subsequent footage shows Magnotta leaving the apartment repeatedly, often with drooping garbage bags in hand, occasionally checking his own image in the lobby mirror.

Last image of Magnotta at apartment

The jury watched attentively as more surveillance footage was shown Monday, including the last image of Magnotta at the apartment.

He’s seen with a carry-on suitcase in hand, calmly walking through people sitting on the building’s front stoop, flicking his head back to put his sunglasses on, before getting into a waiting cab.

The witness then showed the jury photos taken at the hotel room that Magnotta stayed at in Paris, as well as images from the Berlin apartment he rented before his arrest on June 4, 2012. 

Among Magnotta’s personal items found in Europe were a yellow T-shirt and blue-and-white baseball cap similar to what Lin was seen wearing in surveillance video outside Magnotta’s apartment.

Those items were entered into evidence, along with a receipt showing Magnotta bought new sheets from Zellers before flying to Paris.

Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to five charges, including first-degree murder. However, he has agreed to the facts of the case, including that he killed Lin.

His lawyer told the court in his opening statement when the trial began last week that he intends to prove that his client was not criminally responsible for his actions because of mental illness. He told the court Magnotta suffers from schizophrenia.

The Crown prosecutor in the case told the court he will present evidence that shows Magnotta had documented a plan to kill someone six months before Lin's death.

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