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Luka Magnotta Trial: Jurors In Sixth Day Trying To Reach A Verdict

12/21/2014 04:00 EST | Updated 02/20/2015 05:59 EST
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In this photo provided by Montreal Police, Luka Rocco Magnotta is taken by police from a Canadian military plane to a waiting van on Monday, June 18, 2012, in Mirabel, Quebec. Magnotta, the suspect in the killing and dismemberment of a Chinese student, returned to Canada via military transport from Germany, where he was arrested this month. (AP Photo/Montreal Police)
MONTREAL - The jury will deliberate for a seventh day on Monday at Luka Rocco Magnotta's murder trial.

Day 6 on Sunday came and went without the 12 jurors reaching verdicts in the five charges against the accused.

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

The eight women and four men deciding his fate began deliberations on Tuesday and have since contacted the court only twice — once to ask a legal question and once to get technical help.

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

His lawyer says he is schizophrenic and couldn't tell right from wrong at the time of the slaying, but prosecutors say Lin's death was planned and deliberate.

In addition to the murder charge, Magnotta is also accused of 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.