Travis Baumgartner and Luka Magnotta make court appearances
The Rundown's Canadian crime roundup focuses on suspects in two major cases appearing in Canadian courts.
In Edmonton, Travis Baumgartner, the suspect charged in the armoured car robbery on June 15 that resulted in the deaths of three people and serious wounds to a fourth was in court on Thursday. He faces three charges of first-degree murder, one charge of attempted murder and four counts of robbery with a firearm.
The subject of an international manhunt, Baumgartner, 21, was arrested last Saturday trying to cross from British Columbia into the state of Washington. He had more than $330,000 in the vehicle he was driving.
Meanwhile, Matthew Schuman, the lone survivor of the attack, has been able to open his eyes once and squeeze his wife's hand.
In Montreal, Luka Magnotta, the suspect in the killing and dismembering of Chinese student Jun Lin, returned to Canada from Germany on Monday and made his first appearance in court, with lawyer Luc Leclair, pleading notguilty to first-degree murder and four other charges. In a subsequent appearance, on Thursday, Magnotta, 29, requested a trial by judge and jury and did not ask for a psychiatric evaluation. He was flown to Canada in a military plane because no commercial airliner would book him a flight.
Despite the two court appearances and all that has been written about him, Magnotta remains a figure ofconsiderable mystery but also one who interests Canadians a great deal. http://news.ca.msn.com/canada/lineup-at-courthouse-for-magnotta-appearance
Meanwhile, a past crime was resurrected somewhat this week with the publication of an e-book on KarlaHomolka, the woman who was convicted with her then-husband Paul Bernardo of raping and killing two school girls, Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy, in the early 1990s. Bernardo is serving life in prison; Homolka made a deal with prosecutors and served 12 years for manslaughter. Th e-book details that she is now living on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, a married mother with three children.
- More on Bing: Who is Karla Homolka