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The trial is underway for a German man accused of killing his wife and allegedly organizing a search party to find the former beauty queen.
The man, identified only as 27-year-old Patrick S., is accused of strangling his wife, 27-year-old Jennifer S., on Feb. 27, 2021, according to Frankfurt newspaper Bild. Patrick allegedly killed her after she expressed her desire to leave him.
“Because he could not have it, no one else should have it,” prosecutors stated in an indictment cited by Bild.
Patrick allegedly pretended to be Jennifer when using her phone to text the victim’s sister, saying she had plans to walk along the Rhine River that day, according to the German newspaper. From the location, Patrick initiated a bogus search that included his children and the sister-in-law.
Jennifer’s body was discovered in a bush in the outskirts of Biebesheim, only a few hundred yards from the couple’s apartment, according to local TV station HR Fernsehen. Police arrested Patrick the following day.
Prosecutors claim the couple experienced substantial marital problems due to Patrick’s “extreme jealousy and lack of self-control.”
On Jan. 8, 2020, Patrick attempted “by a perfidious bundle of measures” to terrorize Jennifer and then paint himself as her savior, according to the indictment. Patrick disguised himself as a masked intruder before stabbing Jennifer twice with a kitchen knife in front of their five-year-old son.
Though Jennifer told responders that she recognized the intruder as her husband, she refused to testify against him, and the case was subsequently dropped.
Since his arrest, Patrick had described himself as an “extremely jealous” man who claimed that one day before the murder, Jennifer agreed to give the marriage another shot, according to Bild. Patrick said, “He wanted to change.”
Patrick was charged with premeditated murder and grievous bodily harm. He said nothing at Tuesday’s appearance in court but agreed to allow psychiatric experts access to his information.
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