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Trial Fast-Tracked for US Teens in Rome Cop Stabbing Death

Prosecutors this week requested a swift trial, a so-called "immediate trial" procedure

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    Trial Fast-Tracked for US Teens in Rome Cop Stabbing Death
    Italian Carabinieri via AP
    In this combo photo released by Italian Carabinieri, Gabriel Christian Natale Hjorth, right, and Finnegan Lee Elder sit in their hotel room in Rome.

    The lawyer of one of the two American teenagers jailed in Rome over the slaying of a Carabinieri police officer says their trial has been fast-tracked and will begin early next year.

    Craig Peters, representing Finnegan Lee Elder, said Thursday that the first hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 26.

    Earlier this week, prosecutors requested a swift trial, a so-called "immediate trial" procedure.

    Elder and his friend Gabriel Natale-Hjorth — both from San Francisco — were jailed in July as authorities investigated their alleged roles in the fatal stabbing of Mario Cerciello Rega.

    Italian prosecutors said Elder confessed to knifing the officer during a scuffle, while Natale-Hjorth allegedly assaulted the slain officer’s partner at the end of a chain of events sparked by a drugs deal that went wrong.