MONTREAL: A preliminary hearing is set to start for a Canadian porn actor accused of dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to political parties and schools.
Police suspect Luka Magnotta of killing student Jun Lin and posting a video online that shows him stabbing and having sex with the dismembered corpse. The case drew worldwide attention and provoked an international manhunt when Magnotta fled to Europe. He pleaded not guilty in June to first-degree murder.
A publication ban is expected to be put in place Monday. His lawyers want the public and media barred from the hearing, which is to determine if there is enough evidence for a trial.
The request for the closed courtroom is related to an unspecified issue in Magnotta's personal and medical history.