In the trial for the murder of two police officers near Kusel, the main defendant, Andreas S., was sentenced to life imprisonment. But now he is appealing, as the court confirms. His co-accused, convicted of poaching, is waiving an appeal.
After the verdict in the trial of the fatal shots at two police officers near Kusel in Rhineland-Palatinate, the main defendant Andreas S. appealed. This was received a few hours after the verdict was announced on Wednesday evening, as a spokesman for the Kaiserslautern district court said.
The competent criminal court sentenced S. to life imprisonment on Wednesday for two counts of murder. The court also established the particular gravity of the guilt, which practically rules out early release. In addition, the Criminal Court convicted S. of other offenses such as assaulting law enforcement officials and commercial poaching.
According to the court, the 39-year-old shot dead a policewoman and a policeman during a night traffic check on a country road in January to cover up his activities as a poacher.
The court convicted Florian V., who was also accused, of aiding and abetting poaching, but refrained from punishing him because of his early contribution to the investigation of the crime. After the verdict was announced, his defense attorneys said they would not appeal.