MONTREAL — Accused murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta was very relaxed and even appeared to doze off during a court appearance Monday.
The 31-year-old Toronto native faces a September trial for the killing and dismemberment of Chinese student Jun Lin, 33, in Montreal.
Lawyers for both sides were in court Monday to discuss procedural matters under a publication ban.
Magnotta, who has gained considerable weight since his arrest in June 2012, had his eyes closed as lawyers went over points of law at the Montreal courthouse.
At times, he appeared to be sleeping.
The former sex-trade worker is accused of first-degree murder, indignity to a human body, production and distribution of obscene material and threatening Prime Minister Stephen Harper and members of Parliament.
A video clip that allegedly depicts the killing was posted to the Internet and body parts were mailed to Conservative and Liberal offices in Ottawa.
Other body parts were mailed to two Vancouver schools, authorities said.