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Crown opens case against accused webcam killer

Qian Liu was found dead in April 2011

 A jury in a Toronto murder trial is hearing that a young man in China was chatting via webcam with his girlfriend at York University when he saw a man force his way into her room.

Moments later, court heard, the man approached the computer to turn it off and he was naked from the waist down.

Qian Liu was found dead the next day, April 15, 2011, in her off-campus basement apartment and the Crown says she was naked except for her nightgown, which was pulled up around her chest.

Crown attorney Christine Pirraglia laid out the prosecution's case against Brian Dickson today on the opening day of his first-degree murder trial.

Dickson's lawyer, Robert Nuttall, told the jury in a brief opening address that this case isn't about who did it, but about what happened, and he'll be asking the jury to instead convict Dickson of manslaughter.

Pirraglia told the jury that Dickson could not be excluded as the source of DNA and semen found on Liu's body and the probability that a random person would share the same profile as Dickson is up to one in 2.7 quintillion.

She says pathologists could not conclusively determine Liu's cause of death, though one is of the opinion it involved neck compression.

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