Briton King alone accused of murder
2 February 2005, MALAGA - The case against a Spanish woman who was implicated in the high-profile murder of a teenager has been stayed by a court in Malaga.
2 February 2005
MALAGA - The case against a Spanish woman who was implicated in the high-profile murder of a teenager has been stayed by a court in Malaga.
Dolores Vázquez appealed against her conviction for the murder of 19-year-old Rocío Wanninkhof, in Mijas, near Malaga.
It means the only remaining accused in the murder is Briton Tony King, who is also charged with the murder of Wanninkhof and Sonia Carabantes in a case which outraged Spain.
The 38-year-old Briton was arrested in November 2003 for the murders of the two women.
Carabantes, 17, was killed in the early hours of 14 August 2003 as she was on way home from a village fete in Coin, near Rodeo de Marbella.
Wanninkhof disappeared on 9 October 1999. Her naked, mutilated body was found nearly a month later.
King, who moved to Spain nine years ago, had previously alleged that a friend, Robert Graham, had killed Wanninkhof as part of a mafia plot relating to land deals.
Dolores Vazquez, an acquaintance of Wanninkhof, was initially convicted of her killing but the court ordered a retrial, judging the conviction unsafe after DNA testing.
DNA tests have alleged linked King to the murders of both Wanninkhof and Carabantes.
The case against Graham was also stayed.
The court in Malaga ruled there were not reasonable indications of Vázquez's involvement.
But the murdered woman's mother, Alicia Hornos, said after the ruling: "I do not understand it, adding there was "enough proof" to link Vázquez to the murder of her daughter.
The trial of King is due to take place later this year.
[Copyright EFE with Copyright]
Subject: Spanish news