Accused in Quebec City mosque shooting pleads not guilty

The accused in the Quebec City mosque shooting entered a not-guilty plea Monday morning as pre-trial motions got underway in Quebec City.

Alexandre Bissonnette, 28, was arrested after a gunman stormed into the Centre culturel Islamique de Quebec during evening prayers on Jan. 29, 2017.

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Six men were killed in the attack and 19 other people were injured — five of whom suffered serious injuries.

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Bissonnette is facing six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder using a restricted firearm — five counts for the injured and one for the 35 people who were at the mosque the night of the shooting but were not injured.

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Bissonnette pleaded not guilty to all 12 charges.

Lawyers for the accused are expected to file a series of motions ahead of the trial, which is set to begin the first week of April with jury selection.

A publication ban is in place for pre-trial motions scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

The trial is expected to last two months.

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— With files from La Presse Canadienne

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