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Daughter of slain Russian woman claims innocence in Mexico

Daughter of slain Russian woman claims innocence in Mexico case

Daughter of slain Russian woman claims innocence in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A lawyer for the 19-year-old woman suspected of killing her sister and her Russian-born mother in the Mexican border community of Playas de Tijuana says she was beaten and sexually abused by police.

Lawyer Gabriel Gonzalez Celestino says suspect Anastasia Lechtchenko is innocent and confessed under duress to the crime.

The Baja California state prosecutors' office denied any abuse or beating, and said Lechtchenko confessed on two occasions.

The dismembered bodies of 45-year-old Yuliya Masney and 12-year-old Valeria Lechtchenko were found June 10 in plastic bags at their house in Playas de Tijuana, less than a mile (almost 1 kilometer) from the U.S. border.

Both Anastasia and Valeria Lechtchenko were born in Mexico to Russian parents.

The lawyer said Lechtchenko came home and found the bodies.


Updated : 2021-01-17 02:25 GMT+08:00