the suspect appeals in cassation


The man suspected of the murder of Marie-Thérèse Bonfanti, in Pontcharra (Isère) in 1986, decided to lodge an appeal in cassation after the decision of the Grenoble Court of Appeal not to prescribe the murder, a-t- we learned from our colleagues from Dauphiné Libéré.

The decision of the investigating chamber of the Grenoble Court of Appeal was rendered on Tuesday.

The file of this “cold case” had experienced a rebound last year with the arrest in May of a suspect, then his indictment and his placement in pre-trial detention.

Aged 25, Marie-Thérèse Bonfanti, mother of two children, disappeared on May 22, 1986 while distributing newspapers in Pontcharra. A neighbor had been suspected then released and the investigation ended in a dismissal in November 1987.


discovery of the skull

The latter had been arrested again last May and placed in police custody. Faced with his contradictions, this then 56-year-old man had finally admitted to having killed Ms. Bonfanti and had indicated where to find the remains of the victim.

Excavations organized in a forest in Isère led to the discovery of the victim’s skull last October. After the elucidation of the murder of Ms. Bonfanti, a judicial investigation had been reopened.

The suspect was thus indicted for “kidnapping, forcible confinement and murder” and imprisoned.

On December 14, the lawyers of the mis en cause had filed an appeal to request the cancellation of the indictment of their client in the name of the prescription.

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