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Canada Still no verdict so jurors at Magnotta trial to deliberate on weekend

Luka Rocco Magnotta is pictured in a photo released on June 5, 2012.

The Canadian Press

Jurors at Luka Rocco Magnotta's murder trial will be working on the weekend after failing to reach a verdict after four days of deliberations.

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

No verdict was reached today, meaning the jurors will continue their reflection Saturday and, if need be, Sunday.

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Late today, they sent a note to the judge advising him they couldn't watch certain videos on the court-issued computer in the room they are deliberating.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer asked a constable to retrieve it so a technician could have a look. The judge and lawyers agreed not to ask the jury if they were still deliberating.

The eight women and four men began their work on Tuesday and have emerged just once over the four days.

That was on Wednesday when they asked the judge whether a personality disorder is a disease of the mind from a legal standpoint. Cournoyer told them it was.

Magnotta has pleaded not guilty by way of mental disorder and is seeking 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.

Prosecutor Louis Bouthillier has argued the schizophrenia was a misdiagnosis and that his medical problems and behaviour are likely the result of personality disorders.

On the murder charge, the jury has four options:

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  • find Magnotta guilty of first-degree murder;
  • find him guilty of second-degree murder;
  • find him guilty of manslaughter;
  • find him not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.

The judge told the jurors Monday that if they find the accused not criminally responsible, that verdict must be the same for all five charges.

Magnotta is also charged with:

  • criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament;
  • mailing obscene and indecent material;
  • committing an indignity to a body;
  • publishing obscene materials.
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