A Bulgarian court has ordered a suspect in the rape and slaying of a television journalist to remain in custody until his trial.

Severin Krassimirov told reporters before the district court hearing in Ruse on Friday that he killed Viktoria Marinova, but didn’t mean to.

Severin Krasimirov, the suspect arrested in the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian television journalist, prior to his first appearance in court in Ruse, Bulgaria, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Prosecutors said he told them he hadn’t meant to kill Viktoria Marinova. He denied raping and robbing her. (AP Photo)

The 21-year-old Krassimirov said: “I regret it so much. I cannot believe I did it.”

Severin Krasimirov, the suspect arrested in the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian television journalist, prior to his first appearance in court in Ruse, Bulgaria, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Prosecutors said he told them he hadn’t meant to kill Viktoria Marinova. He denied raping and robbing her. (AP Photo)

Marinova’s body was found by the Danube River in Ruse on Oct. 6. Investigators said she was suffocated and hit on the head.

Severin Krasimirov, the suspect arrested in the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian television journalist, arrives for his first appearance in court in Ruse, Bulgaria, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Prosecutors said he told them he hadn’t meant to kill Viktoria Marinova. He denied raping and robbing her. (AP Photo)

So far, they have rejected suggestions the 30-year-old journalist’s slaying could be linked to her work reporting on corruption.

Krassimirov was extradited to Bulgaria on Wednesday from Germany, where his mother lives.

Source: The Associated Press

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