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Suspect to plead not guilty in American tourist murder case


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Suspect to plead not guilty in American tourist murder case

The lawyer of a suspect charged with killing an American tourist on the Greek island of Zakynthos said his client was devastated and would plead not guilty after being charged with homicide with intent.

Clearly, at least from what it looks like, my client did cause some bodily harm but there was no homicidal intent,” said Panayiotis Kefalinos.

“He did not hit (the victim) on the head, and death was caused by traumatic head injury.”

His client is one of eight charged with the same offence.

Police say a manhunt is underway for more people suspected of being involved in the fatal assault.

The 22-year-old American died on July 7 after an altercation in the coastal town of Laganas, famous for its bars and night clubs catering to young tourists.