A 39-year-old man is accused of shooting a young police officer and her colleague. What was his motive? The man must now answer in court.

The trial for fatal shots at two police officers during a night traffic check in the Palatinate begins on June 21 in Kaiserslautern. This was announced by the local district court on Friday.

The 39-year-old accused is said to have killed a 24-year-old police officer and her 29-year-old colleague with several gunshots at the end of January – to cover up poaching. The act at Kusel caused nationwide horror.

The man was accused of killing “out of greed and to cover up a crime,” the court said. The public prosecutor’s office also charged him and a 33-year-old defendant with joint nightly hunting poaching, it said. For the time being, 14 appointments are planned before the district court until September 9th.

The public prosecutor assumes that the suspected shooter was traveling with the 33-year-old on the night of the crime for hunting poaching in the western Palatinate. The two police officers were suspicious of the vehicle on a district road and they got out to check it. The now 39-year-old defendant is said to have shot her.

According to the investigation, the two men fled and were arrested the next day in nearby Saarland. According to the report, there were no indications of limited criminal responsibility.