MONTREAL — The Luka Magnotta murder trial took an odd turn Friday when Karla Homolka’s sister and Jean Chretien’s son denied sending Jun Lin’s body parts to Vancouver.
They issued the denials at trial because Magnotta admits to using the names Hubert Chretien and L. Valentini, as well as their homes as return addresses in mailings to two Vancouver schools a day after killing Lin.
Lori Homolka changed her name to Logan Valentini in 1996 after the brutal slayings of three teen girls, including her sister Tammy Homolka, that landed her other sister Karla in prison for manslaughter.
Testifying by video from Kitchener, Ont., the 43-year-old cashier said Montreal police called her two years ago to ask if she had sent the package.
Police didn’t tell her a body part had turned up at Vancouver’s False Creek Elementary School with Valentini’s St. Catharines, Ont., return address.
She said she uncovered the Magnotta connection in an Internet search.
"I was kind of stunned," said Valentini, who bears a passing resemblance to her infamous older sister.
She said Magnotta’s use of her name brought back unpleasant memories.
"I don’t know why I would be dragged into something, again, that had nothing to do with me."
Magnotta admits mailing Lin’s hands and feet to the schools and to federal political offices after killing and dismembering the Chinese student in Magnotta’s Montreal apartment.
The former porn actor from Toronto wants a jury to find him not criminally responsible due to mental illness.
The Crown has shown a graphic video of the dismemberment and says Magnotta planned for six months to film a murder.
Logan Valentini’s testimony also shed new light on the whereabouts of her killer sister, who was believed to be living in the Caribbean after serving her 12-year prison term.
Valentini said she recently met with Homolka, who is married and lives in Quebec.
At one point defence lawyer Luc Leclair asked Valentini if Homolka looks like her.
"I assume so, yes," said Valentini, prompting Leclair to mention both sisters have blond hair.
Earlier Friday, the Crown asked Hubert Chretien if he sent a package to St. Georges School in Vancouver on May 25, 2012.
"I never sent a (package) to Vancouver," the volunteer scuba-diving instructor said via video from the Gatineau courthouse. "It wasn’t pleasant that my name was used."
He said the handwriting on the package wasn’t his, his first name was misspelled and that he doesn’t know the defendant.
Friday’s testimony highlighted the difference between having a famous relative and an infamous one.
Hubert Chretien works with special needs clients in relative obscurity. He wasn’t even sure Friday if he was still a member of the Liberal party that his dad led for 13 years, including a decade as prime minister.
Meanwhile, though she changed her name 16 years ago, Logan Valentini said "everybody knows" she’s Karla Homolka’s sister.
"It’s been in the media that I’ve changed my name and what I’ve changed it to," she said.
"It’s always floating around on different websites. Once it’s there, you can’t erase it."