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An Argentine judge has blocked planned nuptials between a 22-year-old woman and her twin sister’s convicted killer Friday after a formal complaint by her mother. (Photos.com)
An Argentine judge has blocked planned nuptials between a 22-year-old woman and her twin sister’s convicted killer Friday after a formal complaint by her mother. (Photos.com)

Argentine judge blocks wedding of convicted killer to his victim’s sister Add to ...

An Argentine judge has blocked planned nuptials between a 22-year-old woman and her twin sister’s convicted killer Friday after a formal complaint by her mother.

Edith Casas insists that Victor Cingolani did not murder her sister Johana Casas, a fashion model. He is serving a 13-year prison sentence in southern Santa Cruz province for her murder in 2010.

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The twins’ mother Marcelina Orellana says Edith is mentally ill and “does not know what she is doing.” She filed a request in court to suspend the marriage.

Ms. Casas “does not have full use of her faculties, is deprived of reason, and her physical and mental well-being are at risk,” said the mother’s lawyer Fabian Farias.

The Argentine Civil Code says that any permanent or temporary loss of mental capacities is reason enough to prevent a marriage.

Mr. Farias said Ms. Casas made the surprise decision to marry the convicted killer just 10 days ago. The couple had planned to marry in jail to avoid a media circus over the highly publicized wedding.

“She used to live with her parents and nobody expected such a sudden change in behavior,” he said.

But Ms. Casas has insisted that Mr. Cingolani was unjustly convicted, saying he “is a guy who would not hurt a fly. He did not kill her.”

She also accused her mother of abandoning her and her sister, adding: “she cannot say I need a psychiatrist because I am fully aware of what I am doing.”

Another man, Marcos Diaz, who had also gone out with Johana, is also doing time for the killing.

Mr. Cingolani’s lawyer has filed a brief appealing the judge’s decision.

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