eThere were many inconsistencies that resulted in the alleged expanded suicide that should have taken place in Starnberg almost two weeks ago, a murder case with three dead, two suspects and an arsenal of weapons. In the meantime, there is a confession and thus a drastic turn in the homicide that caused great consternation on January 12 in the otherwise tranquil Starnberg.
According to the police, a 19-year-old man from the Fürstenfeldbruck district confessed to shooting a married couple aged 60 and 65 and their 21-year-old son, a friend of his. He also charged an 18-year-old acquaintance from the district of Starnberg: who, knowing the killing plan, drove him to the apartment building and picked him up after the crimes. Both men were arrested on Thursday, the police headquarters in Upper Bavaria North announced on Thursday, and are in custody. The public prosecutor’s office in Munich II filed a motion to arrest the two 19 and 18-year-old suspects for murder and / or aid for the murder.
It all started with a check. The police had been called to a house in Starnberg at around 5 p.m. on January 12 because relatives had not heard from the couple in a long time. The police found three dead: the couple were shot in the bedroom, the son with fatal gunshot wounds in his room. He was lying in bed with a pistol in his hand. Only the family dog survived, albeit with gunshot wounds. Twelve to 15 shots were fired, not all of them hit the victims.
An investigative approach by many
The police assumed that the son first shot his parents and then shot himself. But that was only one investigative approach by many, police chief Günther Gietl said on Friday. Traces were further evaluated, witnesses interviewed, forensic doctors and specialists from the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office (LKA) consulted. The focus was also on the question of whether the detection situation and the traces of smoke on the body of the 21-year-old son could match a suicide with a previous homicide.
Doubts about the suicide theory arose from the fact that there was no farewell letter. Also central were two pistols that were found at the scene: a Glock 19, caliber 9×19, and a Walther, caliber 6.35 Browning, manufactured before 1945. There was no weapon license for either weapon. It was obvious to draw direct conclusions from the weapons on the 21-year-old son: he completed an apprenticeship as a gunsmith. The police interviewed witnesses in the vicinity of his training company and investigated undercover. Finally, a 19-year-old acquaintance of the son was targeted. He was suspected of having kept the twenty-one-year-old’s illegal weapons.
Finally, on Thursday, the police ransacked his apartment in Olching in the early morning. In the attic of the apartment building, the officials met the 19-year-old acquaintance and his 18-year-old friend, whom he later incriminated. They came across an “extensive arsenal of weapons”, which also includes weapons of war, as well as substances that can be used to manufacture explosives. Ammunition was also secured. Weapons and substances are examined in the LKA.
The police initially arrested the two young men on suspicion of violating the War Weapons Control Act and the Explosives Act. The police did not provide information on the occupations or training of the two young men with reference to the personal rights of the adolescents. In the interrogation, the 19-year-old man then admitted that he had first shot his 21-year-old acquaintance and then his parents.
The crime probably took place in the early morning hours of January 11th. He had therefore already driven to the house with the intention of killing. According to the information, he came in with a code that he knew from the future victim. After the crimes, he then prepared the crime scene so that the 21-year-old son was considered a perpetrator. According to the suspect, the police asked Gietl on Friday the question: “Is the crime so feasible? Does that match the traces? ”Everything was fine, the information was plausible. His statements were also confirmed by a mobile phone video that he had taken from the crime scene.
The police did not provide any information on the motive of whether a dispute was the cause or drugs were involved. You are still at the beginning of the investigation. This leaves the question unanswered as to why the suspect allegedly killed not only his acquaintance but also his parents. The 19-year-old suspect has no professional connection to weapons, just “great affinity”, as the police say. So far, the police have not given any indication of a motive relevant to the protection of the state. However, the many weapons that were seized would not rule it out.