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Saturday, February 23, 2013
Woman marries twin sister's killer, says he's not guilty
An Argentine woman tied the knot on Valentine's Day with a man convicted of killing her twin sister. No one from the family of 22-year-old bride Edith Casas attended the civil ceremony in the town of Pico Truncado, southern Argentina.
Afterwards, a group of around 20 people threw rocks and eggs at groom Victor Cingolani, who is serving a 13-year sentence for killing the sister, a fashion model named Johana, in 2010. Cingolani was out on a day pass to get married and escorted by prison guards and riot police.
"I want to start a family with Victor because I love him. He is innocent," the bride said before the ceremony.
Edith (above) married Victor because she doesn't believe he killed her twin sister Johana (below). Johana was shot twice in the head days before her 20th birthday in July 2010. Her body was found on the outskirts of Pico Truncado and her ex-boyfriend Victor was convicted of her murder in June last year, when a court found he was a 'willing participant' in the killing. Victor claims he's innocent and is appealing against the conviction. Another man, Marco Diaz, who was sharing a house with Johana when she died, is also accused of the murder and will be tried in May.
The wedding had been planned for December but a judge blocked it, pending a psychiatric evaluation of Edith at the request of her mother. But Judge Marcelina Orellana ultimately let the nuptials go ahead, ruling there was no evidence that the bride had any psychiatric disorder.
The father was disconsolate. "For me, they are both dead. Johana is with God and Edith with the devil," said Valentin Casas.