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German man files appeal after conviction for killing police officers

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A man convicted this week of killing two police officers in the town of Kusel in western Germany has lodged an appeal.

A spokesperson for the Kaiserslautern Regional Court told dpa on Thursday that the appeal had been submitted the previous evening.

The particular seriousness of the crime, as ruled by the court, means the 39-year-old is not expected to be paroled after 15 years in prison, as can often be the case in Germany.

A 24-year-old female police trainee and a 29-year-old police commissioner were killed by shots to the head on a remote district road. Prosecutors argued that the two defendants wanted to avoid being arrested for poaching.

At the time of the crime, 22 freshly shot deer and roe deer were allegedly lying in the van.

Apart from the main accused, the court found a second defendant guilty of complicity in commercial poaching.

However, the court did not impose a sentence because the 33-year-old had already given comprehensive testimony before the trial began and had contributed to the clarification of the crime.

© dpa

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