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Luka Magnotta trial: Jury expected to start deliberations

12/15/2014 05:03 EST | Updated 02/13/2015 05:59 EST
Twelve jurors are expected to begin deliberations on the fate of LukaMagnotta later today as his first-degree murder trial draws to a close in a Montreal court.

Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer will address the jury at 11 a.m. ET and give his final instructions to guide jurors through the options they have for a verdict and what they should consider in their deliberations.

After the final instructions, two of the 14 jurors who have sat through the trial in its entirety will be thanked and dismissed because the law says a maximum of 12 people can deliberate on a verdict.

The dozen jurors will then be sequestered at a nearby hotel until they reach a verdict.

Magnotta, 32, who grew up in Ontario, has admitted to killing Concordia University student Jun Lin, 33, in his Montreal apartment in May 2012, filming part of the crime, posting the video on the internet and mailing body parts to among others, the prime minister.

He then fled Canada and, after an international manhunt, was arrested at an internet café in Berlin, Germany.

He has pleaded not guilty to five charges:

- First-degree murder.

- Committing an indignity to a body.

- Publishing obscene material.

- Mailing obscene material.

- Criminal harassment.

Magnotta's lawyer, Luc Leclair, argued that his client should be found not criminally responsible for his actions. Leclair said Magnotta was in a psychotic state at the time of the crimes and didn’t know what he was doing was wrong.

Crown prosecutor Louis Bouthillier told the jurors Lin’s killing was organized and premeditated, and planned months in advance.

He said Magnotta was "purposeful, mindful, ultra-organized and ultimately responsible for his actions."

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