Montañita Ecuador: Third Suspect in Murder of tourists ordered to remain in custody for trial

Posted on April 27, 2017 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Emergency

ELCOMERCIO.COM REPORTED (MACHINE TRANSLATED) A court in the province of Santa Elena ratified the pre-trial detention order for Juan Carlos P., on April 26, 2017, charged for the murder of Argentinean citizens Marina Menegazzo and María José Coni, reported the Attorney General’s Office ). The court dismissed an appeal from the defendant, whose arrest, on November 14, 2016, began the second judicial process for the murder of the young women, found dead on February 26 and 28 (2016) in the coastal resort of Montañita.


According to a statement from the Office of the Prosecutor , the Chamber accepted the arguments of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, which considers the non-custodial measures insufficient to ensure the detainee’s presence at the trial. He also noted that “there is clear and precise evidence that the accused would have an alleged participation in the event.” One of those elements is related to a DNA report that reveals the existence of a genetic sample of Juan Carlos P. at the scene of the crime, added the source. The young tourists, Marina Menegazzo (21 years old) and María José Coni (22), were reported missing on February 22, 2016 and their bodies were found later that month in isolated, weedy spots in Montañita. The first trial for this double crime ended in August 2016 with a sentence of 40 years imprisonment for Segundo P. and Eduardo D. after demonstrating that they participated in the murder, according to the prosecution. Read Article

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