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Luka Magnotta Verdict: Guilty Of First-Degree Murder

12/23/2014 11:22 EST | Updated 12/23/2014 11:59 EST

MONTREAL -- Luka Rocco Magnotta has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of Jun Lin in May 2012.

He has also been convicted on the four other charges he faced: 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.

The verdicts came down today on the eighth day of jury deliberations at the Montreal courthouse.

Magnotta was charged with first-degree murder in Lin's death but Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer gave jurors the option of finding him guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

The accused admitted to the killing but pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

His lawyer urged the jury to find Magnotta not criminally responsible after arguing he is schizophrenic and didn't know what he was doing when he killed Lin.

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