The father of Finnegan Lee Elder, one of the two American teenagers accused of stabbing an Italian police officer last week, has arrived in Rome and demands to see his son.
Ethan Elder flew Wednesday morning from Oakland, California and asked to see his 19-year-old son Finnegan when he landed on Italian soil at 11.40 am.
His son has been detained in Rome with his friend Gabriel Natale-Hjorth since Saturday, while the authorities are investigating their alleged role in officer Mario Cerciello Rega's fatal stabbing in a street near their hotel.
The father only spoke to say that he wanted to see his son tell as soon as possible Italian police: & # 39; The first thing I would like to know is what the bureaucratic procedure is to see my son in prison. & # 39;
Elder, who was traveling with his lawyer, was escorted from the airport to the Italian capital by officials from the American embassy and Italian police liaison officers.
This is because DailyMail.com has learned that both the elderly and the families have hired Natale-Hjorth hotshot lawyers in a desperate attempt to defeat the charge.
Ethan Elder, the father of Finnegan Elder, arrived in Rome on Wednesday morning and demanded to see his son on arrival
Elder flew from California to Rome on Wednesday morning and was accompanied by Fiumicino Airport
Finnegan, 19, has been detained in Rome since Saturday when police are investigating the fatal stab of an Italian police officer
Natale-Hjorth's father has instructed top lawyer Francesco Petrelli – who became famous for the trial of Carabinieri officers who killed a suspect in a notorious case of police violence.
Cerciello Rega, member of the famous Italian paramilitary police Carabinieri, was found dead around 3 o'clock Friday with eight stab wounds at the Tiber River in Rome
Elder's mother has hired veteran advocate Renato Borzone – a highly respected human rights lawyer with 35 years of experience at the criminal court of Rome.
Both families rejected the original lawyers assigned by the state to the teenagers, in accordance with Italian law.
Both lawyers are expected to blindly use the damned image of suspect Natale-Hjoth and chained during a police interrogation to cast doubt on the credibility of the boys' confession for the murder of undercover officer Mario Cerciello Rega last Friday.
Borzone was seen on Wednesday morning in the Regina Coeli prison while visiting an elder in the center of Rome. Petrelli visited Natale-Hjorth on Tuesday evening.
The 18-year-old fiercely demanded whether the policeman was really dead during his interrogation.
Natale-Hjorth asked the public prosecutor: & is he dead, is he really dead? & # 39;
He added: & # 39; I will pay my share of what happened. But I had nothing to do with the murder. & # 39;
Natale-Hjorth told his lawyer that he was desperate to see his parents or at least his Italian family.
Hotshot lawyer Francesco Petrelli (left) has been hired to represent Natale-Hjorth, while Renato Borzone, pictured outside Regina Coeli prison (right), has been hired to represent elder
Elder told the police that he had stabbed the Italian police officer Rega because he thought the officer would strangle him on Friday while interrupting a failed drug deal
Elder mother Leah Lynn Elder, who is expected to arrive in Rome somewhere today, has since spoken about her shock at the arrest of her & # 39; considerate boy & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We feel like our world has crashed & # 39 ;, she said in an interview with La Stampa in Italy. & # 39; I don't know how to describe it. It is like a nightmare from which we wake up.
& # 39; Finn is an attentive boy. The only explanation I can give, if he is really directly involved in this tragedy, is that he was terrified and therefore reacted brashly. & # 39;
She added that in the past he & # 39; strong painkillers and opioids & # 39; had taken, as was marijuana, because his hand wound sustained while working part-time in a car parts store.
He had to amputate part of a finger after a nasty fall from a ladder that left his left hand partially paralyzed, she said.
Cerciello and his partner in civilian Varriale were given the task of intercepting Californian teenagers after a drug dealer broker reported them to the police for stealing his bag after selling aspirin instead of cocaine.
& # 39; I didn't know he had used other drugs, & # 39; said Leah.
Asked about a violent incident when her son was younger, in which he hit a fellow teenage girl who fell and hit his head, she said it was part of a boxing ritual called & # 39; fight night & # 39; and no sign that Finnegan was violent.
& # 39; Finn had agreed to take part in a competition with a friend, the other children were looking around. He hit him and the boy fell and hit his head and was badly wounded, but recovered within a few days and is now very good, & she said.
He was ordered to carry out community service and then his criminal record was swept clean, she added.
Both lawyers are expected to use the damned picture (left) of Natale-Hjoth blind-folded and chained during a police interrogation to raise doubts about the credibility of the boys' confession
This is the Regina Coeli prison where Natale-Hjorth and Elder are being held in solitary confinement
Meanwhile, more details have become known about the disastrous night out for teenagers in Rome.
Natale-Hjorth told how he had been in Italy with father Fabrizio Natale, visiting his grandfather Giuseppe, about a week before high school friend Elder flew to Rome to start a tour through Europe.
He claimed that Elder persuaded him on his arrival in Italy to go out for a night in Rome.
Gabriel said: & # 39; Elder told me & # 39 ;, come and stay here in Rome tonight. Don't go home with your father. We are going out one night. & # 39; & # 39;
Leah Elder claimed that the fateful European vacation of the boys was planned at the last minute.
& # 39; The boys were in school for only a few months and the trip to Rome was organized at the last minute & # 39 ;, she told TG5 TV station.
& # 39; We are devastated by what happened and by the incredible pain caused by the policeman's family. & # 39;
The family, which has Irish, Lithuanian and Spanish roots, had sentimental ties with Italy. The elderly had been on honeymoon in Tuscany and & # 39; we fell in love with the country & # 39 ;.
& # 39; When Finn said he was going to Italy, where I used to go as a girl, we were happy, & # 39; said Leah.
The young Americans remain locked up for up to ten days before a judge decides whether they will be released on bail, placed under house arrest or sent to jail for trial.
Former Natale-Howarth lawyer, Emiliano Sisinni, told DailyMail.com earlier: & Gabriel is traumatized, he is really in need. Not only because he was blindly folded and handcuffed at the police station, but also because he was involved in a murder investigation.
& # 39; He is just a young man who has just turned 18. & # 39;
The lawyer added that his client was not yet allowed to speak with his parents, but he tried to persuade the Italian authorities to give him a phone call.
Natale-Hjorth was in Italy with father Fabrizio Natale, visiting his grandfather Giuseppe (photo), about a week before Elder flew to Rome to start a tour of Europe together
Photos by Cerciello Rega wearing his uniform at his wedding and showing off his wedding ring while sitting next to his radiant bride before being killed on Friday
Rega & # 39; s wife Rosa Maria was comforted by a bishop when she followed the coffin after the funeral in the Santa Croce church in Somma Vesuviana
Hundreds of people turned out to honor Cerciello Rega on Sunday outside a chapel in Rome
According to police, the two boys tried to settle the score with a local drug dealer who had sold them crushed aspirin instead of cocaine.
Earlier in the evening they were sent to the dealer by an unnamed man. When they realized that they had sold aspirin instead of cocaine, they stole the man's bag as ransom and demanded that he buy them a gram of cocaine.
Instead, the man called the police and Rega was one of the two responding officers.
When he approached the American teenagers with his partner, they did not know he was a cop and strike him. They also attacked his partner, but he was not seriously injured.
Initially, the two teenagers tried to blame each other for stabbing, but according to a court order written on Saturday, Elder confessed that he had executed the murder. He said it was because he thought he would be strangled and that & # 39; busy & # 39; stood on his neck.
Judge Chiara Gallo rejected the claim and said there was no evidence that the police officer had touched the boy's neck.
She said the two teenagers had a & # 39; total absence of self-control & # 39; and were not allowed to receive bail.
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