Published reports say Luka Rocco Magnotta will withdraw his appeal of a conviction in the first-degree murder of Jun Lin.
Magnotta’s case is scheduled to return before the province’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday, less than a month after he announced he was appealing the conviction and wanted a new trial.
Radio-Canada reported Tuesday that Magnotta’s lawyer Luc Leclair has told them he will withdraw his client’s two appeals on Wednesday.
The Toronto-based Leclair did not immediately return calls from The Canadian Press on Tuesday.
A spokesman for Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions said he was unaware of such a development.
A clerk at the Quebec Court of Appeal said they had yet to receive any notice from Magnotta’s attorney.
Magnotta was found guilty of first-degree murder last December in the 2012 slaying and dismemberment of Lin, a Chinese engineering student.
Magnotta, 32, was also given the maximum possible sentences on the four other charges: criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament; mailing obscene and indecent material; committing an indignity to a body; and publishing obscene materials.
The first-degree murder conviction carried a sentence of life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Magnotta admitted to killing and dismembering Lin but was seeking to be found not criminally responsible by way of mental disorder. Psychiatrists who testified for the defence said he was in a psychotic state the night of the killing and couldn’t tell right from wrong.
The Crown had countered the crime was planned and deliberate and that Magnotta’s behaviour and actions were incompatible with those of someone supposedly suffering from a disease of the mind.
The jury deliberated for eight days before coming back with a verdict.