Luka Magnotta, the Canadian porn actor suspected of killing and dismembering another man, made his first appearance in a Montreal courthouse today. CBC's Peter Akman reports.
Luka Magnotta, a Canadian porn actor accused of killing and dismembering his 33-year-old Chinese lover in Montreal, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple charges, including first-degree murder.
Magnotta was arraigned a day after he arrived in Canada, touching down at Quebec’s Mirabel Airport aboard a military jet. He was extradited from Germany.
Magnotta appeared via teleconference at the Montreal courthouse Tuesday afternoon, the CBC reported.
Magnotta, 29, was arrested at an Internet cafe in Berlin on June 4 after a 10-day manhunt.
Magnotta, born Eric Newman, was a porn actor and escort who reportedly has at least 70 Facebook pages, including some with violent language about killing lovers.
Canadian authorities allege that he filmed the murder and dismemberment of Lin Jun, a Concordia University student, in late May; posted the footage on a website dedicated to gore; and then mailed Lin’s hands and feet to political parties in Ottawa and schools in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Lin’s torso was found in a suitcase in the alley of Magnotta’s apartment building. His head has not been recovered.
Police believe that after mailing Lin’s body parts, Magnotta flew to Paris, where he partied for several days before heading to Germany. When authorities found him at the Internet café in Berlin, he was reading about himself, according to media reports.
NBC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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