The defense of the person investigated for the death of his wife requested his release due to expiration of terms. Archive
On the night of Friday, January 13, the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation announced that the renowned jurist José Manuel Gnecco was denied his request for release due to expiration of terms, within the criminal process in which he is responding to the alleged murder of his wife. and cousin María Mercedes Gnecco, a crime that was perpetrated on October 5, 2021.
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“After assessing the arguments presented by a delegated prosecutor before the Court of the Territorial Security Delegate, a Bogota Guarantee Control judge denied the request (…) and must go to trial,” the investigative agency reported. .
The defendant’s defense argued that 120 days had passed since the indictment against him was filed and the trial had not begun, for which reason they requested that Gnecco take to the streets again, reported at the time in the newspaper El Time.
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However, after a non-face-to-face hearing, the representative of the prosecuting entity responded to this indication of alleged delays that the judicial proceedings have corresponded to the times stipulated by law.
“The Prosecutor’s Office (…) within the framework of its powers, has acted diligently, rigorously, within the times established by law and abiding by the guidelines of the Judiciary to achieve full clarification of the homicide (…) in San Andres Islands; and without undermining the guarantees that assist the accused”, they pointed out.
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The representative of that body added that if there was a delay in starting the trial, it would be for reasons unrelated to their actions in the aforementioned process.
In circumstances that are being investigated, María Mercedes Gnecco was murdered in the San Andrés and Providencia archipelago. The main suspect, according to the authorities, has been her husband, who was captured in June of last year to answer for this crime.
Although the accused of the murder assures that it was some thieves who shot his wife outside her home on the island, the Prosecutor’s Office has disputed his version, stating that through analysis with 3D technologies, the bullet that blinded the woman’s life it was fired at very close range.
“If the shot had come from outside, the area where the bullet hit him should have been in the neck, not in the back as it really happened. (Which allows) to rule out that the criminal act materialized by an external perpetrator,” they said in an article in El Tiempo about the asides of the investigation.
They also pointed out in that agency that on the day of the murder, the spouses were alone in the property and that although the place has a video surveillance system and an electric fence, these were not activated due to the alleged external invasion. Even the investigative body maintains that there was an alteration of the crime scene and that Gnecco did not want to help his wife.
All this led to the jurist being charged with the crimes of aggravated homicide; manufacturing, trafficking and carrying or possession of firearms; ideological falsehood of a private document; and concealment, alteration or destruction of evidentiary material.
Since June 30, 2022, Gnecco has been deprived of his liberty in the La Picota prison in Bogotá, after being sheltered with an insurance measure.
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