He fought to the bitter end, deferring to the jurors "individually in my soul and conscience" and pressing one last time on the prosecution's weak point: the lack of a motive. "Why would I attack Odile [Moro Giafferri, his 74-year-old mother-in-law, editor's note] whom I adored and who reciprocated?" But it seems that the Assize Court was more concerned with the how than the why.
This Thursday at 14 p.m., after four hours of deliberation, Cyril Berger, a 50-year-old businessman, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for this murder and also for having tried to kill, again with premeditation, his schizophrenic brother-in-law who had surprised him while he was stabbing him in this apartment on the boulevard Malesherbes in Paris (<>th arrondissement). He collapsed when the verdict was announced.
The court focused on the "material evidence": Cyril Berger's DNA under the fingernail of Odile de Moro Giafferri and, above all, the wedding ring. This wedding ring, bearing the first names of the couple Cyril and Marie-Elvire, was found in the ashes of an arson set in the cellar of the accused. For the prosecution, and therefore ultimately for the court, this fire was used to burn the clothes used during the crime. The lack of empathy, noted by the expert who examined Cyril Berger, also worked against the accused.
On Wednesday morning, the public prosecutor had asked for 30 years in prison. He listed all the "telling, overwhelming and overwhelming" evidence incriminating the accused.
Seven months of unjust detention for schizophrenic brother-in-law
According to the prosecution, on the night of the crime in December 2015, the husband of Marie-Elvire de Moro Giafferri dressed all in black with a hood, armed himself with a knife, walked down the street taking care to hide his face with a cardboard, went up to his mother-in-law's house, stabbed her about thirty times, attacked his schizophrenic brother-in-law who surprised him, flees, rushes to his basement, burns his bloody clothes, forgetting his wedding ring, and goes back to his house where the police find him sweating a few minutes after the assassination.
A crime that earned the schizophrenic brother-in-law seven months of pre-trial detention, who had taken refuge in blood at the neighbor's house, the knife of the crime in his hand after having stolen it from the murderer.
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