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Italy Court Asked to Free Bay Area Teen Held in Officer's Killing

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    Teen's Father Issues Statement Following Trip to Rome

    The father of a Bay Area teen charged with the stabbing death of an Italian police officer returned Saturday from visiting his son in a Rome jail. Ethan Elder, father of 19-year-old Finnegan Elder, issued a statement through his attorney outside his San Francisco home Saturday evening. Sergio Quintana reports. (Published Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019)

    A lawyer for a Bay Area teenager jailed in Rome in connection with the fatal stabbing of an Italian police officer has petitioned a court for his client's release.

    Attorney Renato Borzone on Monday confirmed he filed a request to get 19-year-old Finnegan Lee Elder out of Regina Coeli prison.

    Another lawyer made a similar request last week on behalf of Elder's friend, 18-year-old Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth.

    The two Californians are being held while prosecutors probe the July 26 slaying of 35-year-old plainclothes officer Mario Cerciello Rega.

    Jailed Bay Area Teens Now Have Lawyers, Family in Italy

    [BAY] Jailed Bay Area Teens Now Have Lawyers, Family in Italy

    An international case against two Marin County teens -- accused of stabbing and killing an Italian police officer -- has taken another turn. The father of one of the suspects arrived in Italy on Wednesday as more light is being shed on the teen's past. Sam Brock reports.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 5, 2019)

    Prosecutors contend Elder stabbed Cerciello Rega during a scuffle while Natale-Hjorth allegedly punched and kicked the officer's partner.

    The Carabinieri officers were investigating an alleged extortion attempt involving the teens and a stolen knapsack.

    It's unclear when a court might hear the petitions to free the Americans.

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