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Double murder in the Cévennes: the prosecutor "retains the idea of ​​premeditation"


Valentin Marcone confessed his crime on Saturday. He speaks "clearly" and is "very cooperative" with the investigators, explained this Sunday the public prosecutor of Gard Eric Maurel.

The murderer of the Cévennes surrenders.

Still in custody, until Sunday afternoon, Valentin Marcone confessed on Saturday at the first hearings to have killed his boss Luc Teissonnière and his colleague Martial Guérin, last Tuesday in Plantiers (Gard).

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The public prosecutor of Gard Eric Maurel explained this Sunday at a press conference to keep "the idea of ​​premeditation". "

The elements which make it possible to retain the premeditation are numerous

", he specified, in particular the carrying of a loaded weapon, even chambered (ready to fire), and the procedure followed: "

the person concerned tells us that 'he had an argument with his employer and his colleague over the payment of overtime. There was a very quick exchange. He walked over a conveyor belt, opened a garment and grabbed his gun. There was a certain time to carry out this manipulation

”underlined the magistrate. "

He opened fire three or even four times on the two unfortunate victims. It seems that between the shots on his employer and those on his colleague, he could have lowered his arm and then raised it,

”he added. For these assassinations, the man incurs life imprisonment.

Regarding his profile, "

there is nothing to say that he is paranoid, we will leave that to the experts,

" said the prosecutor. “

However, we feel that he was someone who was afraid, especially of certain people from the village, and it was this fear that had led him to come to work with a bulletproof vest for three years, and with a weapon for several months,

”he continued. Valentin Marcone had installed a video protection system in his home, which was useful for investigators. “

It seems like he's someone who is very respectful of the rule. He trusted the institutions, lodged complaints. It would seem that finally, this boy could have conceived a frustration or a disappointment with regard to the system, which does notbrought no answer

», Analyzed Eric Maurel.

He would then have "


" that it was up to him to solve his problems.


A dismissal for serious misconduct could be considered according to him that morning

", he was also explained to decipher the passage to the act, the investigation remaining cautious on this point.

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Regarding the time spent in the forest, "

he got rid of his weapons very quickly, one being hidden in a sophisticated way (the handgun), the other having not yet been found


The handgun found is suspected to be the one used in the homicides.

The prosecutor stressed that the author quickly confessed his crime, speaking "

in a clear and coherent manner


Eric Maurel also made a point of stressing that on the morning of the tragedy, "

the alert was given by members of his own family


An 83 hour runaway

Colonel Michel, commander of the Nîmes research section, then spoke to explain that the weapon carried by the fugitive was particularly dangerous. "

He declared to shoot up to 600 meters with his rifle, and had left with a box of 50 ammunition

", announced the gendarme. However, he quickly decided to get rid of his weapons and "

did not want to hurt the gendarmes

." He joined a “

kind of wild boar hole

” which he built with his bare hands and then holed up in it. The place was near a stream, so it had water, but no food. “

It was not a combat post

Continued the colonel.

The fugue will have lasted 83 hours precisely, during which the person “

declares to have thought of suicide but not to have had the courage to take action


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Despite reiterated proposals from judicial police officers, Valentin Marcone did not wish to be assisted by a lawyer,

" the prosecutor said yesterday Saturday according to AFP.

A choice confirmed this Sunday.


In this case, the investigating judge cannot ask him questions and the person can remain silent or make a spontaneous statement

," he added.

The presence of a lawyer will however be compulsory for the accused to appear before the liberty and detention judge. A court-appointed lawyer will therefore be present during the debate on his placement in detention.

Source: lefigaro

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