Michael Buonincorti will be immediately judged. The decision comes from the the judge for the preliminary investigation that has set the first hearing in Court of Assizes on July 1. The man has been charged with the murder and concealment of the body of his wife Elena Ceste, 37 year old mother of Costiglione d’Asti, who disappeared on 24 January 2014. Her body was found in October last year less than a kilometer away from her home, in a gutter between the Tanaro river and the old railway that leads to Alba. Other remains were recovered at a later time, in fact, experts sifting through the mud retreived her hands, feet and some vertebrae that Dna tests have confirmed to belong to the woman.
The JPI James MArson believes there are sufficient elements supporting the evidence on the suspect and therefore has decided to set the first hearing for the trial. The two defense lawyers, Chiara Girola and Massimo Tortoroglio, have 15 days to ask for a plea bargaining that would grant a reduction of a third of the sentence.
According to the magistrates involved in the case, the investigations that have been carried out up until now should be”complete and comprehensive” and prove the guilt of Buonincorti. Meanwhile, the man is considering whether to waive the inheritance in favour of his children-if necessary-and agrees in granting their custody to their maternal grandparents.