Crime – Würzburg – Court does not allow charges in the “cold case” Karlstadt – Bavaria

Karlstadt/Würzburg (dpa/lby) – More than 28 years after the death of a 13-year-old in Lower Franconia, the public prosecutor’s office does not want to give up: After the Würzburg district court had not admitted the charge of murder against a man due to a lack of solid evidence, the The prosecution has now lodged an appeal against this decision. “The public prosecutor sees sufficient suspicion for a murder as given,” said a spokesman on Thursday.

Last December, the Würzburg public prosecutor charged a 17-year-old man with murder at the time of the crime. He is said to have killed the girl named Sabine shortly before Christmas 1993 in Karlstadt (Main-Spessart district).

The court had declared that, based on the available investigation results, the suspect’s participation in a possible crime could be considered. Nevertheless, the evidence did not allow for a reliable reconstruction of a course of events that could prove a murder charge. An indictment for other criminal offenses – such as manslaughter – is no longer possible due to the statute of limitations.

The suspect from the Main-Spessart district had already been arrested in January 2021 after renewed searches on suspicion of murder. The man was released a few weeks later. However, the investigation proceeded. The man was previously the focus of investigators. The public prosecutor’s office has not given any information on his possible motive since then.

The investigators also had another suspect in their sights. However, his case was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

The victim was last seen on a farm in the Wiesenfeld district. The girl’s jacket and clothes were later found in a cesspool there – but not the 13-year-old. When the heavy concrete cover of an isolated manure pit was lifted, investigators discovered the body. According to the public prosecutor’s office, the student died as a result of massive violence.

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