Berlin – Big setback for the investigators. According to the conviction of the court and the public prosecutor’s office, the main accused in the pastor’s murder cannot be the murderer.
Cristian-Cosmin C. (25) was released in the courtroom. One of the two defense lawyers, attorney Michael Stopp, told BILD: “It couldn’t have been him, he left Germany long before the crime. In addition, there were no DNA traces of my client on the victim! At most, the accusation of meeting to break into the apartment remains. “
Flashback: On July 4, 2020, the clergyman was found dead in his apartment on Thomasiustraße in Moabit. His apartment was ransacked, Reinhold Zuber (77) was lying choked with a pillow on the living room floor.
Cristian-Cosmin C. (25) and his alleged accomplice Vandam G. (21, both from Romania) quickly came under suspicion.
The police found DNA traces of Vandam G. on the body of the ex-city missionary. In August 2020, the suspects were arrested in Romania and extradited to Berlin.
Relief came from jail, of all places
In custody, Cristian-Cosmin C. met an old acquaintance – Edis K., who was on charges of fraud. He then revealed himself to the police, chatted about the unsuccessful break-in at the pastor’s – and that Cristian-Cosmin C. had left Germany 14 days before the crime. Clear relief!
The second defense attorney for Cristian-Cosmin C., lawyer Mirko Röder: “It was only through persistent inquiries from the public prosecutor that the crude and absurd investigative work of the sixth homicide squad was corrected and the urgent suspicion now off the table.”
He now expects an early judgment and acquittal for the main defendant in the murder of Pastor Reinhold Zuber.
This does not apply to co-defendant Vandam G.! His DNA was found at the crime scene.