Crown witness in Luka Magnotta trial dies

Luka Magnotta.

Luka Magnotta.

Michael Nguyen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

MONTREAL - A Crown witness in the Luka Magnotta case has died.

Eric Schorer, the manager of the building where Magnotta lived, recently died court heard Thursday.

"I think he died of a heart attack," defence lawyer Luc Leclair said Thursday at the courthouse in Montreal.

Crown attorney Louis Bouthillier now wants to use Schorer's testimony from the preliminary hearing and his police statement at trial.

The judge didn't make a decision on those motions.

Leclair also made a request to the judge during Thursday's hearing, asking Judge Guy Cournoyer to issue a court order allowing Leclair to enter the apartment building and interview tenants.

Leclair said that for 12 days he went to the building to find potential witnesses but didn't receive a warm welcome from a building caretaker.

"I want nothing to do with you or your waste," the caretaker would say, Leclair said.


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