January 12th, 2012
04:10 AM ET

Man fatally shoots prosecutor during sentencing

A man accused of killing the prosecutor in a Dachau courtroom during his sentencing will face a murder charge Thursday, German police said.

The 54-year-old was being sentenced Wednesday for "withholding and misappropriation of payroll monies" when he pulled out a pistol and opened fire, police statement.

The 31-year-old prosecuting attorney was struck several times and later died at a local hospital.

Two witnesses in the courtroom overpowered the shooter.

Dachau is located about 16 kilometers (10 miles) north of Munich in the southern state of Bavaria


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    People of the World,
    So much for German efficency,but I guess it depends the way you look at it.

    February 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sam

    If he keeps it up, eventually he'll have shot all of the good prosecutors and they'll be left with a very bad one that is so inept he blows the case and this guy will be found innocent of however many murder charges he has to rack up to get to that point.

    I think it's a winning strategy for this defendant.

    February 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • memberoflife

      I really don't think I would want to be his attorney! Think cape fear!

      February 8, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. friedcheez

    I want a better outcome at my trial. Hey, I know what I'll do!....

    Not exactly the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

    February 7, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. memberoflife

    I take it they don't have metal detectors in Germany's courts. If that happen here there would be more security and the terror alert would go up to scarlet or fire engine red or something. I would not want to be this mans attorney! All I can think about is that movie Cape Fear!

    February 8, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      The new terror alert features Nicholas Cage movies. It would go all the way up to "Wicker Man: Not The Bees" level.

      February 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr. Obvious

    Is there any evidence to prove that he was in fact the shooter?

    February 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    OK, so ... In Bavaria ... when you've actually been convicted of a crime, and you're in court actually being sentenced ... you're allowed to pack a gun?!? Wow. Don't let the NRA hear about this one, OK?

    February 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ronny

    did anyone really see the shooter.that sounds like hitler.its hitler great grand child.dont check for guns its germany

    February 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ronny

    metal detecter the r 300,000 a piece.unles walmart 25 dls.

    February 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Southern Fried Yankee

    Such a pity, that influenced by Charles Darwin and the Evolutionists that they will only sentence him to prison for a certain number of years, hoping for a reform in his character. Here in the south, we would be more practical and swift and simply execute him.

    February 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rahul

    miscatonic: There will be a lraeedboard posted pretty soon – I suspect either tomorrow or Friday.IndieRockLance: You are correct, rewritten synopses do not count. Otherwise it would be quite simple to rewrite the same synopsis over and over, getting credit each time. This contest is for new synopses only.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Steve G

    How the hell was this guy able to have a gun in the courtroom?

    February 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. thinkingallowed

    Most of these comment assume that this man was thinking at all. We really cannot think of him and say, "his strategy was wrong, and I would have done this..." as if he were changing a broken light bulb and forgot to turn off the power. It is hard telling what was going on in this guy's head, and I know that I cannot put myself in his shoes right now (thankfully).

    February 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
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