ROME (AP) — The trial has opened for a homeless man accused of manslaughter in the 2016 drowning of a 19-year-old Wisconsin student whose body was found in the Tiber River soon after he arrived in Rome for a summer study program.
Defendant Massimo Galioto was in court for Tuesday’s hearing, which established witness lists and evidence to be submitted at trial.
Beau Solomon’s body was pulled from the Tiber on July 4, 2016, a few days after he began a study program at John Cabot University. Galioto, who lived in an encampment under a bridge near where Solomon was last seen, was arrested two days later, accused of pushing Solomon in the river after a fight.
Galioto’s lawyer, Michele Vincelli, said police had the wrong person and that Galioto’s conscience is clear.