Brian Dickson, the Toronto man who was accused of slaying a Chinese exchange student of York University seen by her boyfriend via webcam, will plead not guilty according to his attorney on Tuesday.
This was announced by the ex-actor-model's lawyer Steve Krys after a short hearing outside a Finch Ave. W. courthouse where his client was seen in a video from Milton jail, the Toronto Sun said.
The 29-year-old Dickson was accused of killing Qian Liu AKA Necole at her apartment near the university on 15 April, an earlier report said.
She was found partially naked with no obvious physical signs of trauma. Investigators are waiting for the results of toxicology tests that may give clue as to her cause of death.
Krys told journalists, "Mr. Dickson will be pleading not guilty."
It took about 10 seconds for a justice in courtroom 301 to order the alleged murderer to remain in custody.
The unshaven man looked at the camera then looked down.
Parents of the slain foreign student, who arrived last week from Beijing, were at the courtroom accompanied by embassy officials.
They left the building quietly and solemnly to a vehicle without a word to the media.
The defendant's lawyer also said, "Looking at the facts of the case, it’s very early. We’re looking forward to putting forward a vigorous defence."
The accused will make another video appearance on 24 May.
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