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California Teens Admit Hiding Knife but Say They Didn’t Know Italian Cop Was Dead

ROME—One of the two Americans who admit to killing Italian Carabinieri police officer Mario Cerciello Rega in Rome in 2019, after a drug deal went horribly wrong, says he watched his friend wash the murder weapon but did not know why it was dirty at the time.

Gabe Natale, now 21, told a court here that on the late July night he and Finnegan Elder, now 20, stole a drug dealer’s backpack after being sold crushed aspirin instead of cocaine, the two scuffled with men who said they were police but who did not show a badge.