Magnotta case: victim’s family wants exhibits kept from public eye during trial

The family of the man allegedly murdered by Luka Rocco Magnotta is asking for certain exhibits it says are obscene to remain under wraps permanently.

MONTREAL — The family of the man allegedly murdered by Luka Rocco Magnotta is asking for certain exhibits it says are obscene to remain under wraps permanently.

Lawyers are in a Montreal courtroom today discussing a number of issues ahead of Magnotta’s first-degree murder trial.

Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to a number of charges, including first-degree murder, in the May 2012 slaying of Chinese student Jun Lin.

Benoit Lapointe is representing Lin’s father, Diran Lin, and wants the court to ensure some exhibits not be made public or be broadcast in any way.

Mark Bantey, a lawyer representing several media organizations, says his clients agree they would not broadcast or print some of the exhibits.

Justice Guy Cournoyer will rule on the motion later.

The court is hearing a number of pre-trial motions today and Friday in advance of the trial.

Jury selection is slated to begin Sept. 8 and evidence is expected to be heard beginning Sept.15.

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