On the evening of July 23, 2020, a 33-year-old man was arrested in Homberg (Efze), who is strongly suspected of having killed Gabriel V. in the latter’s apartment. Specifically, the investigators of the “Lorbeer” task force and the public prosecutor’s office in Mannheim assume, based on the current state of knowledge, that the suspect struck Gabriel V.’s head with an unopened champagne bottle in his apartment on July 7, 2020, around 5:00 p.m., causing him to bleed heavily.The suspect then allegedly decided to kill Gabriel V. by further blows with a champagne bottle to conceal the previous bodily injury. Afterwards, he is said to have searched his victim’s apartment and left it with several items belonging to Gabriel V.
The investigators finally succeeded with the evidence via a shoe print, which could be found at the crime scene and matched to the suspect.
The arrested man is an Iraqi citizen and has no permanent residence in the Federal Republic of Germany. In a first interrogation he admitted the crime.
The 33-year-old was brought before the investigating judge of the Mannheim District Court today, who issued the arrest warrant requested by the Mannheim public prosecutor’s office for dangerous bodily harm, murder (murder with intent to conceal) and theft. The suspect was subsequently taken to a prison.
Investigations are ongoing, particularly into the background and motives for the crime and the stolen objects.