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Cousin of Premier Charged with Killing Teen-Ager

July 1, 1995

BORDEAUX, France (AP) - The cousin of newly named Premier Alain Juppe was charged Saturday with shooting a teen-ager to death in front of his store.

Prosecutors say Patrick Juppe, who owns a tobacco stand and bar, shot and killed a 16-year-old who was among three youths who stopped to buy drinks from a vending machine just outside.

Awakened by the noise, Juppe went outside at about 4 a.m. on Friday with a sawed-off shotgun, prosecutors said. He said he didn’t intend to shoot the victim, but didn’t explain what happened, police said.

Juppe was charged with voluntary homicide and possession of an illegal weapon.

Alain Juppe was named premier in May. He said Friday that he had not been in contact with Patrick Juppe since they were children.

The three youths had no record of delinquency and were considered hardworking and serious, the local prosecutor said.

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