Accused-killer Luka Rocco Magnotta (L) appears at the Montreal Courthouse in Montreal, in this artist's courtroom sketch made June 21, 2012. The Montreal court on Thursday set March 11, 2013 for preliminary hearings.
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MONTREAL - Alleged body-parts killer Luka Magnotta has chosen a trial by jury, apparently setting aside the possibility of a psychiatric evaluation.
The 29-year-old porn actor appeared in person under high security at the Montreal courthouse Thursday, and was represented by a beefed-up legal team that includes Toronto lawyer Luc Leclair.
Leclair made no mention of a request for a psychiatric evaluation, despite suggestions to that effect Tuesday by one of Magnotta's other lawyers, Pierre Panaccio.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for the week of March 11 and March 18, 2013. The Crown will present evidence in the murder case that has made headlines around the world.
Leclair also raised concerns Thursday about Magnotta's incarceration at a high-security wing of the Riviere-des-Prairies detention centre.
Though he did not mention a psychiatric evaluation for Magnotta, Leclair did express "concern for his physical well-being and his mental well-being."
The lawyer asked Magnotta be given access to two types of medication.
The judge agreed, and he also imposed a publication ban on the type of medication Magnotta will be given.
Magnotta arrived in Canada from Germany on Monday under heavy security.
He's charged in the murder and dismemberment of Chinese student Jun Lin, his former lover.
Police say a graphic video uploaded to a gore website depicts Lin's murder.
Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder, indignity to a human body, distributing obscene material, corrupting morals, and criminal harassment of Prime minister Stephen Harper and member of Parliament.