Pierre Panaccio has been given the unenviable task of defending the man accused of one of the most grisly killings in Canadian history.
The well-known criminal attorney from Montreal has been tapped to defend Luka Rocco Magnotta against charges of stabbing, beheading and dismembering 33-year-old Lin Jun last month.
According to PostMedia News, Panaccio gained notoriety in 2004 for participating in the year long Hell's Angels' mega-trial, the first major test of Canada's anti-gang legislation before a jury.
While Panaccio is no stranger to high profile cases, former Paul Bernardo lawyer Anthony Bryant says this one will be difficult.
He told QMI Agency that the video allegedly showing the killing will present Panaccio with "unusual challenges."
"I can't imagine that it wouldn't be (played)," he said in an interview on Tuesday.
"I was certainly part of a case where videos played a very important role and they present unusual challenges."
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