Immediate trial requested for young American pair accused of Carabiniere's homicide

Policeman stabbed to death following drugs deal that went wrong

(ANSA) - Rome, November 14 - Rome prosecutors on Thursday requested that Finningan Lee Elder and Christian Gabriel Natale-Hjort, two young American men accused of the homicide of Carabiniere police officer Mario Cerciello Rega in July, face an 'immediate trial' without the preliminary hearing stage.
    Police said Elder has confessed to stabbing Cerciello Rega while his friend Natale-Hjorth assaulted the slain officer's partner at the end of a chain of events sparked by a drugs deal that went wrong.
    An autopsy on the body of Cerciello Rega showed that the stab wounds were inflicted with great violence, causing deep gashes on both sides of the officer, in some cases reaching as far as the stomach from the flanks, sources said.
    He was stabbed 11 times by a large knife.
    Elder and Natale-Hjorth are being held at Rome's Regina Coeli prison.