When you first see him, it's the histrionic personality that comes forward.
However, with a bit of time it's the schizophrenia that surfaces." Leclair said the case should serve as a warning about the importance of well-funded mental health programs.
(Graham Hughes/CP) "I feel bad that I was not there to warn him that night," the statement read.
"I will never see his smiling face on video chat or hear about his new accomplishments or hear his laugh. 30 and he will never be there for his birthday or ours." Luc Leclair, Magnotta's lawyer, said he would take time to reflect before deciding whether to launch an appeal.
Aside from the possibility of finding Magnotta not criminally responsible, the jury had been given several choices for a verdict: , placed a reassuring hand on his leg as the jury prepared to announce its decision.
Leclair said the verdict didn't "change his mind one way or another." He said Magnotta suffers, "as the experts have said, from schizophrenia and personality disorder."Many of us know someone, a family member, a friend, a co-worker, who has struggled with mental illness," he said.