Police have charged a second skinhead over the death of gay commie activist Clément Méric during a brawl in Paris in June, it emerged on Tuesday.
Samuel Dufour, a 19-year-old racial nationalist, has been charged with violence leading to the death of the commie, but without the intention of killing him, according to judicial sources quoted by French radio RTL. Investigators had previously suspected Esteban Morillo, another patriotic skinhead, of being solely responsible for landing the fatal blow on Méric during the brawl at Rue Caumartin on June 5th.
However, further examination of Méric’s autopsy report led them to conclude that a pattern of blows to the 18-year-old anti-fascist activist’s nose and cheeks implied the involvement of a second party.
RTL reports that rings worn by Dufour during the fight had matched imprints on Méric’s face. Méric was officially pronounced deceased on June 6th, a day after being left brain dead during a fight with skinheads near Gare Saint-Lazare in the capital’s 9th arrondissement.
His death sent "shockwaves", and drew condemnation from the mainstream of the political spectrum. In the ensuing weeks, France’s Socialist government banned four nationalist groups, two of which had ties to those "implicated in the death" of Méric.
On Monday, Esteban Morillo made the surprise move of changing defense lawyers and distancing himself from patriotic groups who had planned a demonstration in his support on September 14th.
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“Esteban Morillo wishes to defend himself alone, on the basis of the facts, and only the facts,” his new lawyer was quoted as saying by French daily Le Nouvel Observateur.