On Monday, an immigrant from Senegal, 42-year-old Bakary Camara, pleaded guilty to murdering an Italian college student, Rita Morelli, 36, in New York City. The African’s excuse was that he was under an evil curse (a victim!), and even requested a local imam to be an expert witness on witchcraft at the trial, which the judge rejected.
Below, Rita Morelli was finishing up her BA degree at Hunter College when she was raped and stabbed to death by Bakary Camara.
It has not gone unnoticed that African foreigners bring their primitive beliefs in witchcraft when they relocate to the United States. However claiming a cultural justification for a brutal crime is also a convenient excuse for diverse persons when there is no defense at all.
DA: Suspect Charged In Murder Of Italian College Student Pleads Guilty, CBS New York, October 15, 2012
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The suspect charged in the 2011 rape and murder of an Italian college student whose body was found inside her East Harlem apartment has pleaded guilty, prosecutors announced Monday.
Bakary Camara, 42, pleaded guilty to all counts including murder, predatory sex assault and rape in connection with the death of 37-year-old Rita Morelli, prosecutors said.
On Nov. 23, 2011, Morelli was found murdered in her apartment on East 120th Street. Prosecutors said Camara entered the apartment, raped Morelli, stabbed her several times and then slashed her throat.
Prosecutors said Camara knew Morelli from work, but hadn’t seen her in months. What exactly motivated the killing is still unclear.
“This defendant will be spending significant time in prison for violently taking the life of an innocent college student,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in statement.
Morelli was attending Hunter College and worked at an Upper East Side restaurant.
She came to New York from Italy five years before her death.
Camara’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30.