Hurbanovo shooting not premeditated

A MULTIPLE homicide carried out by an off-duty municipal police officer in Hurbanovo, southern Slovakia, in 2012, cannot be classified as an especially grave crime of premeditated murder, but only as an especially grave crime of murder, the Specialised Criminal Court has concluded. The case against the shooter, Milan J., will now be heard by the Nitra District Court.

A MULTIPLE homicide carried out by an off-duty municipal police officer in Hurbanovo, southern Slovakia, in 2012, cannot be classified as an especially grave crime of premeditated murder, but only as an especially grave crime of murder, the Specialised Criminal Court has concluded. The case against the shooter, Milan J., will now be heard by the Nitra District Court.

“[A] prosecutor from the Special Prosecutor’s Office filed a complaint concerning this ruling, which will be decided by the Slovak Supreme Court,” Andrea Predajňová, spokesperson of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, told the TASR newswire. She pointed out that the investigation of Milan J. was concluded within the legal deadline for pre-trial custody.

The shootings took place on June 16, 2012, shortly after 10:00. Milan J., aged 51, parked his own car in front of the house of a Roma family and then shot dead a 44-year-old man, his 19-year-old son and 24-year-old son-in-law. A second son was shot in the lung and the son’s wife was shot in the leg. The police located the shooter about an hour later, sitting in front of the house of Hurbanovo’s mayor, Margita Zemková.

The investigation’s results provided sufficient reason to put Milan J. before the court, thus the prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor’s Office filed a lawsuit on December 11, 2012 with the Specialised Criminal Court, according to Predajňová. The suit was filed for the especially grave crime of premeditated murder along with the crimes of possession of an illegal firearm, arms trafficking and trespassing, TASR wrote.

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