The 39-year-old main defendant (right) is said to have shot two police officers near Kusel last January.
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In the police murder trial in Kaiserslautern, the pleadings are delayed. The defense has filed a motion for bias against the judge.

The 39-year-old main defendant (right) is said to have shot two police officers near Kusel last January. © Uwe Anspach/dpa-Pool/dpa

At the beginning of the day of the trial, the defense of the main defendant filed a motion for bias against the presiding judge.

There are doubts about Raphael Mall’s impartiality, said the lawyer for the main defendant before the Kaiserslautern district court.

Reason: In another trial, Mall asked a fellow inmate of the main defendant a question about one of his statements.

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“There are no reasons that justify bias,” said senior public prosecutor Stefan Orthen. The application was dismissed as inadmissible.

It is here “again told nonsense”, which only leads to the fact that the process does not go on.

Mall said he didn’t ask the inmate a question, just made a statement to him. The chamber initially withdrew from deliberations on the application.

The co-defendant (33, left) has to answer to the district court of Kaiserslautern for attempted evasion of the criminal prosecution.

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Two weeks ago, the defense and prosecution had clashed violently in the courtroom because the lawyer had made new requests for evidence.

Here, too, Orthen had accused the defense of wanting to lengthen the proceedings. After lengthy deliberations, Judge Mall finally rejected the applications.

On January 31, a 29-year-old police commissioner and a 24-year-old police candidate were shot dead during a night traffic check on a district road near Kusel.

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As a suspected shooter, a 39-year-old has been on trial for two murders since mid-June. He is said to have killed the two police officers to cover up poaching.

The co-accused is a 33-year-old who has to answer for attempted evasion of the law.

He is said to have helped cover up the tracks. In addition, both men are accused of commercial poaching at night.

According to psychiatric reports, both are fully culpable. The verdict is expected to fall on November 30th.

Update: 11:40 a.m.; First report: 6.59 a.m.

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