Magnotta jury puts questions to witness on Day 33 of first-degree murder trial

Jurors at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s first-degree murder trial sought clarification on various issues Thursday as they asked questions of a witness for the first time in 33 days of testimony.

MONTREAL — Jurors at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s first-degree murder trial sought clarification on various issues Thursday as they asked questions of a witness for the first time in 33 days of testimony.

Justice Guy Cournoyer read out three questions to Dr. Joel Watts, a psychiatrist who assessed Magnotta for criminal responsibility on behalf of the defence.

In response to a query about what effect a combination of Temazepam, Benadryl and alcohol could have on a person suffering from paranoid psychosis, Watts replied it did not necessarily have a direct impact on psychotic symptoms or hallucinations.

The jury has previously heard that the sleep drug Temazepam and Benadryl, an over-the-counter allergy medication, were found in the body of Jun Lin, the man Magnotta killed and dismembered in May 2012.

Watts said Magnotta did not tell him he consumed any Benadryl on the night of the slaying, but that they drank and took Temazepam pills.

“Those two drugs and alcohol don’t have a direct effect of making psychosis necessarily worse or better, they don’t have direct impact on those symptoms,” said Watts, adding the medication could make people drowsy or lessen anxiety.

Jurors also wanted to know from Watts whether Magnotta’s 2011 hospitalization in Miami could have been caused by his no longer taking anti-psychotic medication.

“The fact that he had not been taking his anti-psychotic medication regularly definitely had an impact on the worsening of his symptoms, the worsening of his psychosis,” Watts said.

Finally, the jury wondered to what extent Magnotta’s answers to Watts in their meetings might have been shaped by what the accused’s lawyer, Luc Leclair, had already revealed to him about the case.

Watts previously told the trial Magnotta said he couldn’t always make the distinction between his own memories and what Leclair told him.

The forensic psychiatrist replied that while some of what Magnotta told him might have been influenced by what he heard from his lawyer, only the accused would have memories of psychotic elements.

“I don’t think what he was telling me about, in terms of his psychotic experiences, would per se be biased because those are not things that would have been presented to him by anybody else,” he said.

“Only he would have memories of those things, only he would be able to recollect those things.”

He repeated that he believes those symptoms were not fabricated.

Magnotta admits killing and dismembering Lin, but is presenting a defence based on mental disorder.

Watts and another psychiatrist have testified for the defence that Magnotta was psychotic the night of the killing and was incapable of telling right from wrong.

The Crown is arguing the crimes were planned and deliberate.

The defence presented three other witnesses following Watts, who spent five days on the stand.

A Montreal police homicide detective testified in person, while the jury also heard testimony from two French witnesses that was gathered in Paris this past summer.

The trial resumes Monday as it enters its ninth week.

Initial estimates had pegged it to last between six and eight weeks.

Cournoyer said this past Monday he hoped the jury would begin deliberating during the first week of December.

Just Posted

People hurt in rollover near Red Deer

Occupants of a vehicle that rolled south of Hwy 11A were airlifted… Continue reading

Eager-beaver cannabis entrepreneurs already waiting outside Red Deer City Hall

Appications will be accepted on a first-come basis starting on Tuesday

Like father like son: Red Deer area Dreeshen family dedicates life to public service

There are three jobs that could be considered the Dreeshen family business:… Continue reading

Restaurant owner concerned about Gasoline Alley road changes

Nearly 20 trucks were lined up on the service road in front… Continue reading

Preliminary hearings set for two men charged in weapons and drugs bust

A Red Deer man and Sylvan Lake man are facing 80 charges

WATCH: Hypnotizing show at Westerner Days

Hynotist and mentalist Joshua Seth performs three times a day at Westerner Days

WWII hero’s lost Purple Heart returned to his family

NEW YORK — A lost Purple Heart medal has been returned to… Continue reading

California girl, 2, accidentally shot and killed by boy, 4

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Authorities say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and… Continue reading

A hairy issue: Sailors tell the US Navy, ‘We want beards’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Now that women in the Navy can wear ponytails,… Continue reading

PHOTOS: River Town Saints rock Red Deer

River Town Saints play Westerner Days Friday in Red Deer

PHOTOS: Dogs, horses and more animals at Westerner Days

Westerner Park’s pavilions were filled with animals during Westerner Days

Red Deer residents can’t get enough mini-doughnuts

Mini-doughnuts were the biggest draw to Westerner Days according to a Red… Continue reading

Four-car crash, including RCMP vehicle, on Highway 2

Two sheriff vehicles were also involved in the collision

Divers hunt for 4 after Missouri duck boat sinks, killing 13

BRANSON, Mo. — Divers are searching Friday for four people still missing… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month