Luka Magnotta murder case back in court

Luka Rocco Magnotta is escorted off a plane by Montreal police at Mirabel Airport, June 18, 2012....

Luka Rocco Magnotta is escorted off a plane by Montreal police at Mirabel Airport, June 18, 2012. (REUTERS/SPVM/Handout)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:01 PM ET

MONTREAL — The Luka Magnotta murder and dismemberment case that made headlines worldwide last year is back in court Wednesday, but it's not clear if the defendant will appear.

The Crown and the defence are to make pretrial motions at the Montreal courthouse in advance of a 10-day preliminary hearing scheduled for March.

The 30-year-old Toronto-area native faces several charges including first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of Chinese student Jun Lin in late May.


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