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Servants Testify in Gucci Trial

June 11, 1998

MILAN, Italy (AP) _ The ex-wife of fashion heir Maurizio Gucci asked a servant to arrange Gucci’s death, and later admitted she was responsible for his fatal shooting, the servant testified Wednesday.

The witness, Luciano Punta, who worked at Gucci’s villa in St. Moritz, Switzerland, said he had refused the request to help kill Gucci.

Punta testified that several months after the killing, he had a phone conversation with Gucci’s ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli.

```So ma’am, you did it,′ I told her, and she answered, `Yes, but it’s left us in a mess,‴ Punta was quoted by the ANSA news agency as saying.

Reggiani Martinelli is being tried along with four others, including the alleged hit man, for the fatal shooting of Gucci in 1995.

The prosecution says Reggiani Martinelli was obsessed with Gucci’s estate, and enraged about a cut in her alimony. She allegedly paid her co-defendants $300,000 to arrange and carry out his killing.

Punta’s wife, Alda Rizzi, a housekeeper at the villa, also took the stand, quoting Reggiani Martinelli as saying ```I want to see him dead if it’s the last thing I do’.″

Rizzi said the woman resented Gucci’s relationship with another woman.

Testifying for the defense was Renato Verona, a businessman who said he had a love affair with Reggiani Martinelli after her divorce in 1994. He said she never could have arranged Gucci’s killing.

Andrea Stramezzi, a dentist who said he was a close friend, also denied Reggiani Martinelli’s involvement.

Both said she was afraid Gucci would dissipate the family wealth to the harm of the couple’s two children, ANSA reported.

The Guccis were married in 1972 and separated 12 years later. They have two daughters, ages 16 and 21.

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