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Medical report supports murder charge in Musy death

Coroner finds causal link between shooting and death

05 December, 12:50
Medical report supports murder charge in Musy death (ANSA) - Turin, December 5 - Charges against a man accused of shooting a Turin councillor increased from attempted murder to murder after a legal medical examiner's report issued Thursday found a causal link between the wounds that put the victim in coma and his eventual death 19 months later.

Francesco Furchi' is on trial for gunning down Turin councilor Alberto Musy near his home in March 2012. Musy died in late October of this year after a long coma. Turin Prosecutor Francesco Furlan adjusted the charge against Furchi' from attempted murder to murder, which is aggravated by "premeditation, vile and futile motives, and the defenseless state of his victim".

Furlan also requested and obtained the closure of debate in the trial.

Musy was a member of the centrist UDC party and left behind a wife and four children aged three to 13 when he died during the night of October 22-23.

Turin Mayor Piero Fassino said the death caused fresh pain to Musy's family, the city and ''the many people knew, liked and respected Alberto''.

Furchi', who stood in 2011 council elections in the same coalition that supported Musy's unsuccessful bid to become mayor of Turin, has been in jail since January.

Investigators said that they suspect Musy's failure to do favors for Furchi was the driving force behind the killing.

''Principally there are three motives - Furchi sought but was refused professorship at the Palermo university, he was not nominated for a Turin city council position after supporting Musy's campaign and Musy did not procure investors for Furchi's business activities,'' chief investigator Giancarlo Caselli said earlier this year.

''Furchi blames Musy for all of these failures''.

Musy, a labour lawyer, was shot by a person waiting in the courtyard of the building where the councillor lived in central Turin after he had taken his children to school.

Closed-circuit video footage showed a suspect near to the scene dressed in dark clothes and wearing a motorcycle helmet.

''I can't say anything except that I'm sorry,'' Furchi' told reporters on Wednesday as he entered court for a hearing of his trial earlier this year.