Ten years after the murder of Michelin Grandin, beaten to death at 77, a neighbor indicted

Ten years after the murder of Michelin Grandin, beaten to death at 77, a neighbor indicted
Ten years after the murder of Michelin Grandin, beaten to death at 77, a neighbor indicted

The case had been at a standstill for ten years. Who killed Micheline Grandin, 77, beaten to death in her apartment in Draguignan, in the Var? On January 12, 2014, the police, alerted by a friend of the victim who was worried about not having any news, discovered her lying in a pool of blood. She was severely beaten but nothing seems to have disappeared from the modest apartment, located on the fifth floor of a quiet town.

At the time of the events, a young neighbor, just an adult, was suspected, in particular because of his behavior and inconsistencies in his speech. But the young man has an alibi: he was at a friend’s house at the time of the crime, which the latter confirms. Since then, the investigation has struggled. In 2022, when the specialized “cold case” center in Nanterre is created, it joins the pile of unresolved cases.

DNA under the victim’s nails

However, it is the same man who, ten years after the murder of the septuagenarian, was arrested last Thursday, we learned 20 minutes from concordant sources, confirming information from RTL. He was indicted for murder of a vulnerable person and placed in pre-trial detention.

In this case, scientific progress has been decisive: new DNA analyzes revealed traces under the victim’s nails. At the time, samples had been taken, but the analysts lacked material. Today, a tiny amount of DNA is needed to make it “speak”. This is what pushed the police officers from the OCRVP – the Office for the Suppression of Violence Against Persons – to carry out important work on the seals in this case.

A dark motive

Placed in police custody, the suspect denied the facts. His main alibi – the friend who claimed to be with him – was more evasive. He claims to have forgotten what he was doing that day, specifies a Source close to the matter. The motive, however, remains obscure. Investigations must continue.

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