Martín Del Ríohas been detained for more than a year on charges of the double parricide of Vicente López. He hadn't been out on the streets since. On Tuesday, the first preliminary hearing was held for the jury trial against him.
Del Rio, the youngest son of Jose Enrique Del Rio, 75, and Maria Mercedes Alonso, 72, is accused of killing them in the garage of his home at Melo 1101, in August 2022.
The only person accused of the crime was transferred this morning from Unit 48 of San Martín of the Buenos Aires Penitentiary Service (SPB) where he is serving his preventive detention, to the judicial building at 456 Centenario Avenue in San Isidro, where the Oral Criminal Court (TOC) 7 operates.
Judicial sources said Del Rio did not utter a word before Judge Maria Coelho, who is in charge of the jury trial. There is still no date for that debate, which could be in both 2024 and 2025.
"He did not speak throughout the hearing, nor was he asked for his personal details," a judicial source told Telam.
According to what could be seen after being photographed in the courtroom and according to the sources who were present at the hearing, three days after his 49th birthday, Del Rio was seen thinner, with a neat haircut, the usual glasses, serious, crestfallen and with some concern on his face.
Dressed in a navy sweater with some thin light blue stripes, moss green pants and ash-colored Crocs loafers with rubber soles, Del Rio entered the courtroom in handcuffs and sat next to his private attorneys, Monica Chirivin and Gaston Leonel Salamon.
Across the street sat Marcela Semería and Gastón Gómez, two of the three prosecutors from Vicente López who investigated him and brought him to trial as the alleged perpetrator of a "double homicide qualified by treachery, by the link, by criminis causa (killing to achieve impunity), and by the use of a firearm."
Along with the prosecutors was also the historic lawyer of the Del Rio family, Félix Linfante, who in this process represents as a private victim the older brother of the accused, Diego Del Río, who although this morning went to the headquarters of TOC 7, as he will testify as a witness, did not participate in the hearing nor did he cross paths with his brother. according to the sources.
Tuesday's hearing was the first of a series of preliminary hearings of a purely technical nature, where each of the parties presents its theory of the case and in which the witnesses to be summoned are refined and the evidence that must be incorporated in an oral, simplified and simple way so that it can be understood by each of the members of the popular jury that in the future will judge the accused.
The spokespersons explained that after an hour, Judge Coelho ordered to move to an intermediate room and set the second of the hearings for March 1, 2024.
Del Río Sr. and his wife Alonso were found murdered - he with three bullets and she with one in the face - on August 25, 2022, inside their Mercedes-Benz car that was stored in the garage.
Although the employee was the first to be arrested on suspicion of acting as a "deliverer," she was released due to lack of evidence and on September 7 of that year, prosecutors arrested the couple's youngest son, Martín, alias "Pato," as the alleged perpetrator of a double parricide.
The key to the investigation was the videos from security cameras, where the youngest son of the victims was identified as the alleged murderer who, according to the prosecutor's office, between 17:33 p.m. and 18:30 p.m. the previous day, August 24, committed the double homicide by executing his parents from the back seat of the car with a 9-millimeter caliber pistol.
Del Río was recognized by several witnesses as the "hooded walker" who is seen moving in different images, in the direction of the victims' home and then moving away from it, not only because of his build and physical conformation but especially because of his "way of walking", with a defect in his left leg that he suffers from as a child. that does not allow him to follow a straight line and that caused his family to nickname him "Pato".
Other incriminating evidence is the discovery in the defendant's car of his father's remote control that opened the door of the garage where the bodies were found and a bag from the real estate company "Remax" identical to the one that the "hooded" is seen carrying in the videos.
At the same time, his cell phone was turned on and geolocated in Núñez but had no activity in the period of time in which the walker goes back and forth from that Buenos Aires neighborhood to the victims' house.
Although it was thought that the murder weapon had been discarded - as happened with the DVR with the images of the cameras of the victims' house - the Bersa Mini Thunder 9 mm pistol used in the double crime was found in a safe in the house in the San Diego de Moreno country where the victims spent the weekends and that was seized when the police inspected it.
For the prosecutors, the motive for the double parricide was economic and on this, they mentioned two aspects in their request: on the one hand, the frustrated real estate operation by which the victims thought that that same day they were going to move into a luxurious apartment in the "Chateau Libertador" building of Núñez, which Del Río Jr. was never able to materialize, and on the other, that they were going to discover the financial mismanagement he had had in the family business, since he managed his parents' garages, properties and vehicles.
With information from Télam.