The preliminary hearing is set to start Monday for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.
But if Magnotta's lawyers have their way, the only people in the Montreal courtroom to hear the sordid details will be the prosecutors, the judge and a court clerk.
Magnotta is facing charges of first-degree murder - and his legal team are hoping for a full publication and media ban from the courtroom.
They are concerned that the 30-year-old will not get a fair trial - especially since he became infamous worldwide after an international manhunt.
Reporters have been lined up since as early as 4 a.m. to ensure a spot in the courtroom.
The father of the victim, Jun Lin - a Chinese citizen who was attending Concordia - a Montreal university - will be attending the preliminary hearing. He told the QMI Agency: "The pain of losing a loving son will never fade. There is nothing to say about Luka Rocco Magnotta."
"It is my duty as the father to be there," Jun Lin's father said.
Although Jun Lin's mother and sister are also in Montreal - they will not be at the hearing.
Magnotta has appeared in court, wearing a white t-shirt and sitting behind a glass enclosure. He has not yet made eye contact with anyone.
The hearing will be in English. Lin Jun's father has a translator.
The courthouse is packed. More than 600 media from around the world have been lining up to be able to cover the preliminary hearing. International news agency France 24 headline calls Magnotta "Canadian Psycho."
Magnotta has his eyes closed and leans his head against the wall as his lawyer presents the arguments for the publication ban.
Lawyers continue to debate media (and therefore, the public's) access to preliminary trial. For the moment, journalists remain inside the courtroom.
Magnotta still has not looked at the 25 or so people assembled in the courtroom.
Tuesday, March 12: A Quebec court judge will rule this morning on whether media and the public should be barred from the preliminary hearing of Luka Rocco Magnotta.