Two men suspected of killing prominent Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries appeared in a court in Amsterdam on Oct. 18.
In the first preparatory hearing in the case, alleged gunman Delano G refused to speak while suspected getaway driver Kamil E denied having knowledge of the murder.
De Vries was shot five times, including in the head, on July 6, then died nine days later.
Kamil E, a 35-year-old Polish citizen, told the court through an interpreter that two men whom he did not know had given him a car and instructed him to drive someone around Amsterdam.
“I didn’t kill anybody, I know nothing about the murder, I did not see a weapon,” Kamil E said.
“I asked if it was something illegal, but they told me not to worry,” Kamil E added.
However, public prosecutors argued that an extensive trail of evidence showed that both suspects had prepared and carried out the killing together.
According to prosecutors, the gun allegedly used in the murder was discovered in the car after police arrested the suspects on a highway near The Hague less than an hour after the fatal shooting.
Prosecutors also said that witnesses saw the two suspects leaving a Renault Kadjar car before walking to the RTL Boulevard studio, where the attack occurred on July 6.
The suspects then allegedly returned to the car where Delano G changed clothes, went back to the studio, and shot de Vries, according to the prosecutors.
Prosecution Spokesperson Justine Asbroek told AFP News that they also have footage of the incident, DNA on the murder weapon found in the vehicle, and gunpower residue found in the suspects’ hands.
The suspects will remain in custody until the trial continues in December.
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