A resolution after 28 years of investigation: This Wednesday, a man was indicted and imprisoned for the murder of his wife and the murder and rape of his daughter, found with her throat cut near Grenoble in 1993. DNA traces of semen found on the pants of the girl, then 13 years old, allowed the identification of her father that a strong alibi had, for 28 years, preserved from any prosecution in the investigation into the death of his wife and of her child. And the alibi of the trip to Romania of the suspect with his son at the time of the crime now presents weaknesses, the investigators concluded.
No convincing leads at the time
On January 7, 1993, the corpses of Michèle Chabert, wife Marinescu, 43, and her daughter, Christine, were found in Sassenage, near Grenoble, killed by several stab wounds in the throat. Each was in her room in a suburban lodge. In the days and months that followed, the investigation did not lead to any convincing leads and the multiple calls for witnesses, including one in the television program “Witness number one” by Jacques Pradel in 1995, did not lead to any progress. significant.
Since then, the gendarmes “never gave up the search for the truth”, explained Colonel Lionel James, commander of the research section of the Grenoble gendarmerie, in charge of the investigation from the start.
At the start of 2021, following yet another rereading of the file by investigators, the laboratory of the Criminal Research Institute of the National Gendarmerie “revealed numerous traces of the sperm of Marian Marinescu (the father) on the pants of his daughter Christine. “, Detailed the prosecutor of the Republic of Grenoble, Eric Vaillant.
Five different investigating judges
For 28 years and five different investigating judges, the investigation has not stopped, he said, “seals have been assessed up to five times”, and, with the advancement of techniques of laboratory, “today, we can discover DNA in much finer traces”.
Placed in police custody on Monday and faced with “unequivocal” data, Marian Marinescu told investigators “that assuming it was him, he has no memory of having committed the facts”, summarized Éric Vaillant , adding that he had remained silent before the examining magistrates. Now 72 years old, the suspect was indicted on Wednesday “for the murder of his wife Michèle and for the murder preceded or accompanied by the rape of his daughter Christine” and placed in pre-trial detention.
“The worst hypothesis is happening” for a family which had “rebuilt” since, said Hervé Gerbi, lawyer for Michèle’s sister, civil party. He praised the motivation of the investigators who “have tried to put all new technologies at the service of justice” during the 28 years of investigation. “This long-term investigation illustrates the need (…) to never lose sight of these unresolved cases,” added the prosecutor.
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