Trintignant murder trial 'mid-March'

25th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

VILNIUS, Feb 25 (AFP) - The homicide trial of French singer Bertrand Cantat, accused of killing his actress girlfriend Marie Trintignant, could start in mid-March, the trial's judge Vilmantas Gudelis said on Wednesday.

VILNIUS, Feb 25 (AFP) - The homicide trial of French singer Bertrand Cantat, accused of killing his actress girlfriend Marie Trintignant, could start in mid-March, the trial's judge Vilmantas Gudelis said on Wednesday.

"We will be able to start the trial in the near future. I think that we will be able to start the hearings in mid-March," he said.

During a new hearing on Wednesday, a Vilnius district court decided to prolong Cantat's detention to April 29.

Cantat, the lead singer of the group Noir Desir, has been accused of causing the death of Trintignant by beating her during a fatal hotel room row at Vilnius' Domina Plaza hotel where they were staying.

The 41-year-old actress, who had been in Lithuania to work on a French tele-movie, died August 1 of swelling to the brain, nearly a week after having the row with Cantat.

The singer, who claimed Trintignant fell and hit her head during the argument, was taken into custody immediately after and has spent the time in jail pending the outcome of the criminal probe.

© AFP

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