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Nancy Videla’s femicide shocks Argentina: man and nephew allegedly murdered her and buried her under cement in a home

The body was found in the Buenos Aires town of Ingeniero Budge.

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ARGENTINA – A 29-year-old young man, nephew of the main suspect in the femicide of Nancy Videla, found murdered in a house in the Buenos Aires town of Ingeniero Budge on Friday last week, was arrested in the last hours accused of having participated in the incident, police and judicial sources reported.

It is about a young man identified as Claudio Andrés Lezcano, nephew of the 70-year-old detainee Damián Lezcano Mendoza, who was arrested in the last hours during an operation carried out by members of the Lomas de Zamora Departmental Directorate of Investigations (DDI), in conjunction with the Homicide Division of the City Police.

Judicial spokesmen informed Télam that Lezcano refused to testify when questioned by the judge in Correctional and Criminal 1 Diego Javier Slupski.

The arrest of the young man took place last night after a raid carried out in a house located at 1300 Eustaquio Bruix street, by Rafael Castillo, La Matanza district, at the request of Judge Slupski, who, although he had declared himself incompetent to intervene in the file, has not yet turned the proceedings to the Justice of Lomas de Zamora because there are appeals pending resolution.

Corpse was buried under cement folder

According to the sources consulted, Slupski requested a new search of the house where he was found buried, under a cement folder, the corpse of Videla, at 2531 Bucharest Street in Ingeniero Budge, in the southern suburbs, with the intention of arresting the new suspect. However, upon arriving at the scene, the Lomas de Zamora DDI police did not find Mendoza, but they managed to determine that the man was in another house located in Rafael Castillo, where he was finally detained.

“There is evidence that links it to the fact, there are testimonies and other types of measures that led the judge to have the conviction to question him as a suspect, “a judicial source told Télam.

The researchers work on the hypothesis that Mendoza may have participated in the maneuvers to cover up the fact, especially in the concealment of the corpse, although a co-authorship is not ruled out.

Judge Slupski will only be able to turn the file over to the Justice of Lomas de Zamora when three appeals presented by the defense of the main suspect are resolved. This is a presentation originated by the rejection of release, another due to incompetence and the third due to the invalidity of the investigation.

Meanwhile, judicial sources reported that Lezcano Mendoza’s lawyers are analyzing requesting the extension of the investigative statement of his client.

The victim disappeared on Friday, November 26 in the afternoon and was registered by the cameras leaving the building on Avenida Santa Fe 3770 in Palermo where she worked as an employee and nanny. From there, a bus was taken to the Constitución railway station, where a video shows her crossing the terminal hall at 5:36 p.m. to board the Roca line train heading to Lanús station. In the transshipment center of that district, another camera took it, half an hour later, at 6:12 p.m., getting on a bus of line 283 branch B, heading towards Villa Albertina, Lomas de Zamora district, where he lived. He never made it home.

The body was found on Thursday of last week under a subfloor of one of the rooms that Lezcano Mendoza managed at 2531 Bucarest Street in Ingeniero Budge.

The autopsy determined that the woman suffered 20 injuries in the attack, three fractures to his head and another 17 injuries to his body. The day the body was found, Lezcano Mendoza was arrested on suspicion of having committed a crime within the framework of “a sexual assault and because of her condition as a woman.”

(The nation)

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