Husband confesses to killing French jogger Alexia Daval


Jonathann Daval took part in tearful tribute march but has now admitted he ‘accidentally caused her death’, lawyer says

Associated Press

The husband of a woman who was found burned and strangled near her usual jogging route in eastern France has confessed to killing her, a defence lawyer says.

Attorney Randall Schwerdorffer told reporters on Tuesday that 34-year-old Jonathann Daval “caused the death” of 29-year-old Alexia Daval in October 2017.

Schwerdorffer says his client told police he strangled his wife “accidentally” following a marital dispute.

Daval reported her missing on 28 October, telling police she had not returned from a job. Her body was found two days later.

The killing prompted marches and memorial runs in Alexia Duval’s honour. In November, Jonathann Daval appeared distraught and in tears while reading a tribute to his wife at one such event.



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