Mario Cerciello Rega died after being repeatedly jabbed early on Friday in international crimes that has shaken Italy

Two American students have appeared in court in Rome accused of stabbing a plain-clothes police officer to demise on a street near their hotel.

Gabriel Christian Natale Hjorth, 18, and Finnegan Lee Elder, 19, from San Francisco, appeared in court in connection with the death of Carabinieri paramilitary police officer Mario Cerciello Rega, 35. The dead man, and a fellow patrolman, were in plain invests when they tackled the two Americans in the wake of a drug deal gone wrong, the court heard.

The murder of Rega, said to have recently returned to duty after his honeymoon, was widely condemned. Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy premier, said he hoped the murderer” never leaves jail “.

Elder is accused of repeatedly stabbing Rega while Hjorth ” pummelled ” the second officer. The surviving detective was not seriously injured.

The court heard it said that both students were also being investigated for struggled extortion is attached to the alleged medicine batch. Investigators say the pair had grasped the pouch of a drug dealer in Rome after the three men apparently afforded them a different essence instead of the cocaine they craved. It is claimed the students then expected a cash ransom and cocaine to return the knapsack.

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