A 31-year-old American man accused of murder is led into the courtroom at the regional court in Kempten, Southern Germany, on Feb. 19, 2024. The man on Monday admitted to charges of murder and rape after he allegedly pushed two U.S. women down a ravine, fatally injuring one of them near Germany's Neuschwanstein castle last year. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)

US man confesses to murder and rape in assault near famous German castle

The American suspect faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for murder in Germany

Associated Press |

An American man confessed on Monday to charges of murder and rape in connection to an incident near Germany’s Neuschwanstein castle last year.

His charges include murder, rape with fatal consequences, attempted murder and possession of child pornography.

He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for murder in Germany.

An American man on Monday admitted to charges of murder and rape after he allegedly pushed two U.S. women down a ravine, fatally injuring one of them near Germany’s Neuschwanstein castle last year.

The 31-year-old defendant admitted to the charges during the start of his trial, the German news agency dpa reported. Defendants in the German legal system do not formally enter pleas to charges.

“The defendant has committed an unfathomable crime,” defense lawyer Philip Mueller said in a statement. The defendant, whose name hasn’t been released in line with German privacy rules, confirmed that his lawyer’s statement was correct but did not answer any questions.

The defendant is charged with murder, rape with fatal consequences, attempted murder and possession of child pornography. Murder charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison in Germany.

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