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Online video of killing nets charge

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EDMONTON -- Police have charged the owner of a website that posted a grisly video at the centre of the Luka Magnotta murder case.

Mark Marek, who operates bestgore.com, faces one count of corrupting morals.

Edmonton police allege Magnotta sent Marek the video last year and Marek posted it online while knowing that it depicted a real killing.

Magnotta is to stand trial in September 2014 for the murder and dismemberment of Chinese university student Jun Lin in Montreal last year. Parts of Lin's body were mailed across Canada. Magnotta has pleaded not guilty.

Marek, who remains in custody, appeared briefly in court Wednesday and was scheduled to make another appearance today.

Before he was charged, a statement that appeared on the 38-year-old's website said he was going to meet with police for an interview and expected he might be arrested.

"It may sound strange, but at this point in my life, jail doesn't sound all that unattractive," said the statement. "I wouldn't mind taking a break from the world... I've dedicated my life to fight against evil and lies, and I know that God and truth are on my side.

"I do not fear the servants of Satan. One way or another, my life will end one day, and so will theirs."

Staff Sgt. Bill Clark with the Edmonton homicide unit said the investigation was long and complex because Marek was "very elusive," with no home address and had been out of the country.

The charge carries a maximum two-year prison term.

Clark said investigators didn't originally have the evidence they needed to charge Marek. The staff sergeant explained police needed evidence of three things before they could do so: that Marek knowingly and willingly posted the video, that he did so while in Canada and that he was the site's owner and operator at the time.

Marek could face more charges.


-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 18, 2013 A11

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