Court on second killing
Nordahl Lelandais, 38, was brought from prison to the courthouse In Chambery, a city in the French Alps where the sufferer, also a soldier, was last seen after leaving a nightclub.
Lelandais Has also confessed to murdering eight-year-old Maelys p Araujo in August 2017, in a case that horrified France and which is set to go to trial next year.
He Has insisted that both deaths were accidental, but his confessions prompted the reopening of investigations into dozens of different disappearances to find out if he had been connected to these unsolved cases.
Over 100 journalists watched as he entered beneath thick authorities escort, wearing a face mask and a dark cap pulled over his eyes.
“Yes I killed Arthur Noyer, but I never wanted to kill him” Lelandais told the courtroom, where Noyer’s parents and brother sat with an oversized portrait of the victim.
Lelandais’s Attorneys also managed to acquire the withdrawal of one of many psychiatric evaluations, citing potential prejudice by one of the specialists who had discussed the situation on popular TV show.
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However, Bernard Boulloud, lawyer for the Noyer family, said he had been Confident the jurors could have enough insight into Lelandais’s personality,”since he’ll reveal it to us on his own”.
Body at the trunk
The Trial has been widely expected, with mass-market daily Le Parisien placing Lelandais’s portrait on its front page under the headline”The Secrets of a Predator”.
He Told police that Noyer had struck him at a parking lot where they’d ceased, prompting a fight that stopped when Noyer was knocked out.
However, Prosecutors say Lelandais knew full well he was murdering Noyer, then put his body in the trunk of his car and drove it some 20 kilometres (12 miles) away to dump it to the side of a street.
Authorities Searched for months for the girl before arresting Lelandais, who was also a guest at the wedding. He eventually led them to her stays in February 2018 following traces of her blood were found in his vehicle.
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The Two cases sparked fears that Lelandais could be involved in dozens of additional unsolved disappearances in the area, and investigators reopened several instances after reviewing his background and movements over many years.
Despite Three decades of queries, however, and psychiatric tests that have revealed signs of Lelandais’s”pathological lying”, no evidence has emerged to connect Lelandais to other instances.
The Trial over Noyer’s murdering is set to run until May 12. His trial Maelys’s Death is anticipated next year