There were cries of disbelief and tears from relatives of the two defendants when the judge read out the verdict. Defense lawyers had argued that 28-year-old Hamdi H. and 25-year-old Marvin N. had been grossly negligent but not guilty of homicide after an illegal car race in downtown Berlin in February 2016 led to the death of a 69-year-old man.
But judge Ralph Ehestädt agreed with prosecutors who said the two men were guilty of murder. The judge said that they had shown “limited willful intent” in staging a deadly late-night race that saw them reach speeds of up to 170 kilometers an hour (106.5 mph). In the process they ran several red lights along Berlin’s famous Kurfürstendamm boulevard. The judge said that even though the defendants had not intended to kill the victim, they had accepted that people might well be killed by their behavior and thus were guilty of …
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