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Jury to begin deliberations in 'webcam' murder trial

Brian Dickson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of a York University student from China

(Brian Dickson/Qian Liu)

The fate of a man accused in the death of a York University student from China is expected to be in a jury's hands later today.
    
Brian Dickson, 32, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, but his lawyer has urged the jury to find Dickson guilty of manslaughter.
    
His lawyer acknowledges Dickson sexually assaulted Qian Liu, but says his client didn't mean to kill her.
    
Liu, 23, had been chatting via webcam with her ex-boyfriend in China in the early morning hours of April 15, 2011, when he saw a man force his way into Liu's room and knock her down.
    
Dickson's lawyer says the evidence fits with a scenario of Dickson sitting on Liu's chest with her neck cricked while he was ``sexually excited.''
    
The Crown argues that Dickson (who was a tenant in the same building) forced himself on Liu, which is what the ex-boyfriend witnessed via webcam, then killed her to cover it up.

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