Lawyer: African to remain jailed in American's slaying

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 16, 2016 at 11:20 a.m.



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ROME (AP) — An Italian judge has upheld the arrest of a Senegalese man jailed in the slaying of an American woman, according to the suspect's lawyer.

The lawyer, Antonio Voce, says the judge questioned Cheik Tidiane Diaw (shehr tih-dee-EHN' dee-OW) at a closed-door hearing in Florence and determined he should stay in jail.

Prosecutors have accused Diaw of aggravated homicide in the death of Ashley Olsen, but no formal charges have been lodged. His lawyer says Diaw denies killling Olsen.

Olsen was found dead in her apartment on Jan. 9 after her Italian boyfriend became alarmed when he hadn't heard from her. An autopsy determined she had been strangled a day earlier and also suffered skull fractures.

According to witnesses, Olsen and Diaw met at a Florence nightclub a few hours before the attack. Prosecutors said surveillance video showed the two walking together toward her apartment.

Olsen's funeral was held Friday in Florence.

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