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Civil proceedings open against convicted double murderer

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Darmstadt (dpa) – In the case of the convicted double murderer Andreas Darsow from Babenhausen in southern Hesse, the Darmstadt district court wants to announce in a civil trial within three weeks whether it will allow new evidence to be taken.

The background for this is the conflicting findings of the new defense reports and the evidence cited in the 2011 judgment about a self-made silencer. The decision will be announced on March 30, the presiding judge of the civil court said Wednesday after a nearly hour-long hearing.

Eleven years after the verdict, the state of Hesse wants the money paid to the Darmstadt district court by the surviving disabled daughter of a couple who was murdered in 2009 to be returned. The claim for reimbursement of supply costs amounts to 69,308 euros.

The 52-year-old German was found guilty of the murder of a neighboring couple and the attempted murder of their daughter by the Darmstadt Regional Court in a circumstantial trial in July 2011. The jailed Darsow, who was not at Wednesday’s hearing, he has been protesting his innocence for years. All efforts to introduce possible new evidence in a new trial have so far failed. The hope now is that civil proceedings can be used to push for the resumption of criminal proceedings.

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