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Date to prepare Magnotta dismemberment-killing trial set for Oct. 9

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MONTREAL - Lawyers for accused killer Luka Magnotta will meet with Crown prosecutors for a pre-trial conference on Oct. 9.

Quebec Superior Court set the date Tuesday as the fall session of the court opened.

Crown spokesman Jean-Pascal Boucher says the purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the trial, which will begin Sept. 15, 2014.

Magnotta, a former porn actor and stripper, was arrested in Berlin in June 2012 following an international manhunt.

He faces five charges in connection with the May 2012 death and dismemberment of Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese national studying engineering at Concordia University.

The 31-year-old Magnotta, a native of Scarborough, Ont., has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Parts of Lin's body were mailed across Canada in a gruesome case that made international headlines. Some parts were mailed to a British Columbia school while others were directed to political offices in Ottawa.

Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder, committing an indignity to a body, publishing obscene material, criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament and mailing obscene and indecent material.

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