Ashley Olsen Murder Update: Italian Judge Upholds Arrest of American Artist's Suspect
Jan 19, 2016 03:15 AM EST
An Italian judge sustained the arrest of suspected Ashley Olsen murderer. A Senegalese man, Cheik Tidiane Diaw is still in jail for the murder case of the American artist while investigation is on going.
IBT reported that there are still no formal charges against the Senegalese immigrant. In a closed door hearing on January 16, he was questioned by a judge in Florence to settle on whether he should stay put in custody. Antonio Voce, the suspect's attorney, said Judge Matteo Zanobini ruled Diaw should stay in jail. Prosecutors have accused Diaw of aggravated homicide.
According to Hollywood Life, Ashley's boyfriend called her landlord since he was not reaching her. The landlord then went to Ashley's apartment to check on her and saw her body on Jan 9. The 35-year-old American artist had been strangled and had suffered skull fractures as the autopsy showed. Investigators said Olsen was killed after she and Diaw had consensual sex and that the two may have taken drugs together.
The Guardian stated that according to witnesses, a few hours before the attack, Olsen and Diaw met at a Florence nightclub. Evidence like surveillance video cameras along the route showed that the two walked together toward her apartment. The witnesses also said that Olsen and Diaw were not very lucid since they had taken alcohol and likely other substances like drugs. Lab analyses will decide exactly what materials Olsen had consumed. Diaw's lawyer, Voce said his client told investigators that he and Olsen consumed "a lot of cocaine and a lot of alcohol".
The lawyer also said that Diaw denied that he strangled her. He said that he only pushed her twice to the floor after she humiliatingly pushed him out of the house. He added that Olsen was still alive when he left and that he called for help before he abandoned her.
Her burial was in Italy because the murder investigation is still in progress. Her father teachers at a design school in Florence. She moved there a few years ago. Her funeral was held Friday in Florence.