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Jailed Bay Area Teens Now Have Lawyers, Family Members in Italy

Investigators contend that one of the teens stabbed Carabinieri Deputy Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega 11 times with a military-style attack knife

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    Slain Police Officer in Italy Didn't Have Gun When Stabbed

    A plainclothes police officer had forgotten his gun the night he was fatally stabbed during a confrontation with two American teenagers in Rome, an Italian police commander said Tuesday. Mark Matthews reports.

    (Published Tuesday, July 30, 2019)

    Both Bay Area teens jailed in Rome in the fatal stabbing of an Italian police officer now have private lawyers and family members in Italy.

    Ethan Elder, father of Finnegan Lee Elder, arrived at Rome's airport Wednesday on a flight from California. He didn't respond to questions shouted by reporters.

    Investigators contend that his 19-year-old son stabbed Carabinieri Deputy Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega 11 times with a military-style attack knife early Friday near the hotel where he was staying with his friend. According to court documents, Elder told prosecutors during his interrogation that he thought he was being strangled in a scuffle with the officer.

    But prosecutors say there were no signs of physical injury on either teen.

    Italy Judge: Teen Claims He Knifed Officer in Self-Defense

    [BAY] Italy Judge: Teen Claims He Knifed Officer in Self-Defense

    One of two American teenagers jailed in Rome for allegedly slaying a police officer said he stabbed the plainclothes officer because he feared he was being strangled, according to a judge's ruling obtained by The Associated Press on Monday. Terry McSweeney reports.

    (Published Monday, July 29, 2019)

    Under investigation along with Elder is his travel mate, Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth, 18. Natale-Hjorth's lawyer, Fabio Alonzi, said the teen's family visited him on Wednesday.

    Under Italian law, both the defendant who materially carries out a killing and others involved in the crime can each be charged with murder.

    A day earlier, Elder's mother, in San Francisco, told private Italian TGCom24 that the family was "heartbroken" over the officer's death. She added that the teens' travel plans "came together at the last minute."

    Prosecutors said police found the knife used in the slaying hidden in the dropped ceiling of the Americans' hotel room. Investigators said Elder told them he had brought the knife with him from the United States.

    According to prosecutors, the police officer and his partner, both in plainclothes, had gone to the site of a rendezvous that had been arranged by the teens who were trying to get 100 euros ($112) and a gram of cocaine in exchange for returning a knapsack they had stolen from an intermediary in a drug deal gone bad.

    Investigators contend that Elder thrust the knife repeatedly into Cerciello Rega and that Natale-Hjorth punched and kicked the other officer.

    Italy Police Officer, Allegedly Slain by Bay Area Teens, Mourned

    [BAY] Italy Police Officer, Allegedly Slain by Bay Area Teens, Mourned

    An Italian paramilitary police officer, allegedly slain by two American teens in Rome, has been hailed as a hero at his funeral in his hometown near Naples. Pete Suratos reports.

    (Published Monday, July 29, 2019)

    Investigators allege the two police were attacked immediately after they identified themselves as Carabinieri officers. The teens have contended that didn't realize the men were police.

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