|5/11/2018 10:51:00 AM|
Trial starts in Rome in area man's drowning death
The man accused of pushing a former River Valley student into the Tiber River where he drowned is on trail in Rome.
Massimo Galioto was in court Tuesday to establish a list of witnesses and go over evidence with his attorney. Galioto, who is homeless and lives under a bridge near the river, is charged with manslaughter in the 2016 drowning death of Beau Solomon. Solomon was attending the University of Wisconsin at the time and was doing a summer study session in Italy. He was 19 at the time.
Solomon's body was pulled from the Tiber July 4, 2016. He was in the process of starting a study program at John Cabot University. Authorities say Galioto and Solomon fought near Galioto's encampment and he pushed the student into the river.
Galioto was arrested two days after Solomon's body was found.
Galioto's lawyer, Michele Vincelli, says his client has a clear conscience and claims he is not the person who committed the crime.
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