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French Serial Killer Suspect Faces Murder Charges, Detention

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April 16 (Bloomberg) -- The main suspect in a series of killings in the region of Essonne, neighboring Paris, will face murder charges today, after police found evidence linking him to the crimes, a prosecutor said.

The 33-year-old hasn’t admitted the killings during three rounds of questioning since being detained Saturday, Marie-Suzanne Le Queau, the prosecutor, said during a televised press conference. She didn’t identify the suspect by name.

Two women and two men have been murdered in Essonne since November. The first woman’s death differed from the others and is being separately investigated, though ballistics tests showed the same gun was used in all four killings, Le Queau said. Authorities are awaiting further evidence to see if there is a link between the cases beyond the gun and the fact the first two victims were killed in the same place, she said.

There is a “geographic proximity” between the victims and the suspect, she said. It is unclear whether he acted alone, she said. During his detention, police found a motorcycle and helmet matching the description of the killer provided by several witnesses, weapons and a cartridge from the gun used in the killings, she said.

The suspect had six prior convictions, including one for violent assault in 2004, she said.

A second suspect was released yesterday evening after investigators determined he was a victim of identity theft, Le Queau said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Heather Smith in Paris at hsmith26@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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