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Finnegan Lee Elder, one of the Bay Area students tried in Italy for the murder of a police officer said he had been arrested in police custody, according to a report released Wednesday.
Uproar in Italy: Italian police officer Mario Cerciello Rega killed: two teenagers from Mill Valley— Finnegan Lee Elder, Gabriel Christian Natale Hjorth — arrested – The Washington Post https://t.co/6sFeg5HHuw
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) July 28, 2019
Finnegan Lee Elder Age
He is 20 years old.
Finnegan Lee Elder told his father and lawyer
Finnegan Lee Elder, 20, told his father and lawyer that he was beaten at a Rome police station after his arrest last July for allegedly stabbing a plainclothes policeman during his arrest, reported Agence France-Presse.
“They really hit me …” said Elder during the August 2, 2019 conversation, which was secretly recorded.
“They threw me on the floor, kicked me, punched me, stepped on me, spit on me,” added Elder, saying he had bruises on his arms and legs.
A transcript of the conversation was requested by the court as part of Elder’s ongoing trial and obtained by AFP on Wednesday.
Elder and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth accused of killing Deputy Carabinieri Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega
Elder and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 19, are accused of killing Deputy Carabinieri Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega in a fight in the early hours of July 26, 2019.
The allegation of police brutality comes after a leaked photo shows blindfolded and handcuffed Natale-Hjorth in the Rome barracks, where he and Elder were taken for questioning.
Talking to his father and his American lawyer, Elder said he was not blindfolded like Natale-Hjorth, but the police “kept their heads down for a long time,” leaving him unsure of the police office in which he was.
“I don’t really remember very well … I was, they made me wait so long, it’s kind of a blur.”
He added, “They said they would give me 40 years if I didn’t give them my password.”
Prosecutors say Elder repeatedly dipped an 8-inch “attack style” knife into Cerciello, while Natale-Hjorth fought with the nearby policeman’s partner.
Cerciello was stabbed 11 times
Cerciello was stabbed 11 times and bleeds on a deserted street near a luxury hotel in the Prati district of Rome, where the Americans resided.
Elder, who was 19 at the time of the murder, admitted to stabbing Cerciello, claiming to be in self-defense.
He insists that the policeman and his partner, who was also in civilian clothes, attacked him and Natale-Hjorth – and thought he was fighting for his life against drug traffickers.
Natale-Hjorth first told investigators
Natale-Hjorth first told investigators that he was not involved, but his fingerprints were found on a ceiling panel in the hotel room where the students hid the knife.
Under Italian law, anyone who indirectly participates in murder can be charged with murder.
Defense lawyers say Cerciello’s partner, Andrea Varriale, lied after the fatal knife wounds – especially if the police were armed, how they should be on duty.
Asked about allegations of police brutality, Elder Ethan Elder’s father told AFP: “The terrible truth about what Finnegan suffered and endured when a 19-year-old boy is now revealed to the world.”
“Our hearts break every minute of every hour of every day.”