Almost four months after the violent death of a 14-year-old in Lohr am Main, Lower Franconia, the public prosecutor’s office has brought murder charges against a child of the same age. An authority spokesman said this on Tuesday in Würzburg. Previously it had Main-Post reported. The victim’s acquaintance is accused of murderous motive. The German is said to have killed the 14-year-old with a shot in the head from behind on a school campus in the small town in the Main-Spessart district on September 8, 2023. According to the investigators, there have been no indications of other perpetrators or helpers.
The Würzburg regional court must now decide whether to admit the charges and set trial dates. The suspect has remained silent about the allegations since his arrest. Regarding the motive for the crime, the spokesman said: “He only committed the crime to kill someone.” The murder weapon, a 9-millimeter pistol, legally belonged to a neighbor of the defendant. According to the police, he had all permits. He also stored his weapons properly. How the student got the gun is still unknown to the public.
The gun owner could not be interviewed after the crime because he was hospitalized and died a few weeks after the crime. The 66-year-old is said to have known the young man. After the crime, the investigative commission, with the support of the riot police and specially trained data carrier dogs, searched for the victim’s cell phone for days. It was eventually found – whether it helped the investigators any further is unknown.
A 15-year-old alerted the police to the events on the day of the crime, a Friday during the summer holidays. A little later, patrol officers discovered the dead 14-year-old. He was an Italian citizen and had lived in Lohr for years. The boy was lying in bushes near the school center where he attended middle school. The suspect was arrested shortly afterwards.