Crown witness in Magnotta trial dies
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.
The caretaker allegedly ordered him to leave and threatened to call the police. She refused to identify herself or take Leclair's business card.
"You can not stop me from knocking on doors" pleaded Leclair. "If they do not want to talk to me, they can always slam the door in my face."
The lawyer said he had since had some co-operation from the building's owner and said if he's able to meet witnesses he'll withdraw the application.
Magnotta, a 31-year-old Toronto sex-trade worker is accused of murdering and dismembering Chinese student Jun Lin, 33, in May 2012.
The former porn actor fled to Paris and was captured in Berlin a week after Lin's death in Montreal.
The trial is scheduled to start in September.