Trial begins for murder of French tourists in Argentina

Posted on August 8, 2011 • Filed under: Argentina, Crime, Latin America News, TRAVEL

The trial for those accused of killing two French tourists near Quebrada de San Lorenzo in Salta last week began this past Saturday, according to Three of the six detainees gave testimony on Saturday; María Fernanda Cañizares (24), her brother Federico Cañizares (23) and her boyfriend, Gustavo Lassi (24). The trial will continue tomorrow as the three remaining accused testify, including: Luis Lassi (42), Ricardo Vera (37) and Darío Ramos (47). Last night investigators seized a gun that might have been used in the murders and will be presented as evidence during the trial. The suspects were arrested early Saturday after their homes were raided and strong evidence was found, including the cell phone of one of the dead tourists. The two women who were murdered went hiking on July 15 and their bodies were found two weeks later. The exact date of their deaths is still unknown, but autopsies have shown that one was raped and shot in the head, and the other shot in the back. Prosecutors believe they may have resisted a possible theft by the detainees, which led to their murder.
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