The 2 American college students accused of killing an Italian police officer in Rome final summer season – a case that has drawn comparisons to the homicide probe of Amanda Knox – appeared in court docket Wednesday.
Finnegan Lee Elder, 20, and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 19, are going through potential life sentences if convicted for the death of Mario Cerciello Rega, who was unarmed and on a plainclothes project along with his associate when he was stabbed 11 times and left bleeding on a street close to the People’ lodge within the early hours of July 26, 2019.
Prosecutors have alleged that Elder thrust a 7-inch knife repeatedly into the stocky police officer, whereas Natale-Hjorth scuffled close by with the associate, Andrea Varriale, who was barely injured. The officers, each members of the Carabinieri – Italy’s police drive – had been investigating a drug deal gone fallacious.
Each younger males had been in court docket on Wednesday, sitting close to their legal professionals with a pair of penitentiary cops standing behind them. Elder’s mother and father sat within the again row; the slain officer’s widow sat within the second row.
The primary listening to was dealing largely with procedural issues. Throughout a break, Elder held up his crossed fingers to his mother and father as he was being led out of the courtroom, the BBC…