QUEBEC — The man accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him.
Alexandre Bissonnette entered the pleas in a courtroom today ahead of pre-trial motions to be debated this week.
The motions could have an impact on how the trial will unfold and the evidence that will be heard beginning in April, when the two-month trial is slated to begin.
Lawyers have set aside three days this week to present all of their motions to a judge in Quebec City. Details of the motions have been slapped with a publication ban.
Bissonnette, now 28, faces 12 charges — six of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder at the Islamic Cultural Centre in January 2017.
The attempted murder charges include five people who were struck by bullets and a sixth charge encompasses the other 35 people present at the mosque.