German prosecutors: man admits Bulgarian journalist attack

The photo of Viktoria Marinova, the journalist who was raped and strangled on Saturday, is placed on the Liberty Monument in Ruse, Bulgaria, Wednesday

The photo of Viktoria Marinova, the journalist who was raped and strangled on Saturday, is placed on the Liberty Monument in Ruse, Bulgaria, Wednesday

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say the suspect arrested in the slaying of a Bulgarian television journalist has confessed to the attack but denies raping and robbing her.

The Celle prosecutors office said Friday that the suspect, who has been identified in Bulgaria as 21-year-old Severin Krassimirov, told them he had not meant to kill TV reporter Viktoria Marinova.

Prosecutors say the suspect confessed to being under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he got into an argument with a woman he did not know in a park. They say he told them he hit her in the face and threw her into bushes but "denied the intent to kill."

Prosecutors say Krassimirov, who was apprehended Tuesday in Germany on a European arrest warrant, will be extradited within the next 10 days.