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Bitsevsky maniac refused counsel

September 13 2007

Moscow court began its consideration on the merits "of the case Bitsevsky maniac." At the moment the court passes the formation of the jury. Of the 44 candidates for the parties to choose not less than 14 jurors. That the process took place with a jury, asked the defendant himself. The court granted the petition of Alexander Pichushkin.

Today in court the defendant refused one of his lawyers - Roman Shirkina who, in his opinion, "supports the position of the prosecution."

Public prosecution at the trial, expected to be presented by the Prosecutor of Moscow Yuri Semin. Another prosecutor in the case of Maria Semenenko during the preliminary hearing said that A. Pichushkin is charged with 52 counts of m, are imputed to him only those crimes that are proven.

At the meeting there are 21 injured. On the case goes more than 40 victims and 98 witnesses for the prosecution. Pichushkin is accused under the article "murder of two or more persons who are known to be a helpless state, and with particular cruelty" of the Criminal Code.

According to prosecutors, the defendant has committed the first murder in the summer of 1992. Bitsevsky maniac killed within 14 years. The main victims of the accused were men.

The investigation believes that the defendant became acquainted with people, was a trust and under various pretexts, took them into Bitsevsky park, where the treated liquor, leading to a state of intoxication. Taking advantage of helpless people, kill them.

According to forecasts of the public prosecutor, the trial of "Bitsevsky maniac" would take at least two months. His lawyer, Pavel Ivannikov said that his client "fully acknowledges his guilt." Reports

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