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Montpellier shot dead suspect indicted for murder


While the thesis of accidental shooting was privileged, the man suspected of having fired the shot at the origin of the death of a young woman of 23 years old on New Years Eve

A national police car, on Place de la Comédie, in Montpellier (illustration) - N. Bonzom / Maxele Presse

The New Year's Eve party ended in blood on the parking lot of a nightclub in the suburbs of Montpellier. A 23-year-old woman was shot in the head while in the driver's seat of a car.

The man behind the shot, who was in the back seat, had indicated in police custody that the shot had accidentally left while he was handling the weapon. This was confirmed by another young woman also present in the car and part of a group of friends who came from Avignon to celebrate New Year's Eve. The evening was over and she had been drinking.

But this Friday morning, it was for "intentional homicide" that he was indicted by the investigating judge. A turnaround, therefore, since the investigation seemed to be oriented in its early stages towards an accidental fire. The prosecution had requested his indictment for "aggravated manslaughter and transport of category B weapon", but the investigating judge decided to indict him for intentional homicide, said Montpellier prosecutor Fabrice Bélargent.

Placed in pre-trial detention

The respondent, originally from Avignon like the young woman, had explained that he had this weapon on him because he felt threatened since his cousin had been shot in the framework of a settling of scores in the City of the Popes .

Lawyers for the 33-year-old accused man should challenge this qualification. Because if the suspect is dismissed for these facts, he faces up to 30 years in prison. He was placed in pre-trial detention, which will be the subject of a deferred debate on January 7.


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  • Homicide
  • Justice
  • Languedoc-Roussillon
  • New Year
  • Avignon

Source: 20minf

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