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September 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Christer Pettersson, a petty criminal who was convicted and later acquitted in the 1986 assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme, died Wednesday, leaving unsolved the slaying that has haunted Sweden for nearly two decades. He was 57. Pettersson died of brain hemorrhaging and organ failure, said Inger Rosell, a spokeswoman for Karolinska Hospital. He had a history of substance abuse. Pettersson had been in a coma since Sept.
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September 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Christer Pettersson, a petty criminal who was convicted and later acquitted in the 1986 assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme, died Wednesday, leaving unsolved the slaying that has haunted Sweden for nearly two decades. He was 57. Pettersson died of brain hemorrhaging and organ failure, said Inger Rosell, a spokeswoman for Karolinska Hospital. He had a history of substance abuse. Pettersson had been in a coma since Sept.
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June 6, 1989
Christer Pettersson, on trial in Stockholm for the assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, pleaded innocent, and the defense complained of serious irregularities in the prosecution's case. The 42-year-old defendant told the Stockholm district court: "The murder of Palme was a vile deed which I could never have brought myself to do." His lawyer, Arne Liljeros, attacked the main evidence against his client--the testimony of Palme's widow, who identified Pettersson in a videotaped lineup.
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October 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
An appeals court Thursday freed a man convicted of killing Prime Minister Olof Palme, ruling that there was not enough evidence to find him guilty of the crime that traumatized Sweden. Christer Pettersson, 42, who maintained his innocence throughout his sensational trial, walked away from Kronoberg prison hours after the Svea Appeals Court threw out his July conviction.
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August 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
An appeals court on Friday agreed to a new trial for Christer Pettersson, who was convicted in the slaying of Prime Minister Olof Palme, the national TT news agency said. Pettersson, a 42, was sentenced to life in prison last month after his conviction. He denied shooting Palme and appealed. The prosecution also appealed because it wanted to convict Pettersson of attempted murder in the wounding of Palme's widow, Lisbeth.
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July 10, 1989 | From Reuters
Former drama student Christer Pettersson, the man accused of the 1986 murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, delivered a polished speech today in which he loudly and self-assuredly reasserted his innocence. "My name is Christer Pettersson. I have not killed Olof Palme," Pettersson declared on the final day of his five-week trial.
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September 14, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Christer Pettersson, sentenced to life in jail for the 1986 murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, surprised his appeals court hearing today by confessing to 600 robberies. "I robbed 600 people between 1970 and 1977, two each week. . . . Most of them were amphetamine dealers," he told the Stockholm appeals court.
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September 19, 1989
The widow of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, questioned directly by the man convicted of killing her husband, said there is no chance he is innocent. "Unfortunately, there is no doubt," Lisbeth Palme said at an appeals hearing in Stockholm. She identified Christer Pettersson as the only person in sight on the downtown street corner where Palme was shot to death on the night of Feb. 28, 1986. Pettersson, who has repeatedly denied that he was near the site of the slaying, was convicted in July.
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September 14, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Christer Pettersson, sentenced to life in jail for the 1986 murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, surprised his appeals court hearing today by confessing to 600 robberies. "I robbed 600 people between 1970 and 1977, two each week. . . . Most of them were amphetamine dealers," he told the Stockholm appeals court.
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August 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
An appeals court on Friday agreed to a new trial for Christer Pettersson, who was convicted in the slaying of Prime Minister Olof Palme, the national TT news agency said. Pettersson, a 42, was sentenced to life in prison last month after his conviction. He denied shooting Palme and appealed. The prosecution also appealed because it wanted to convict Pettersson of attempted murder in the wounding of Palme's widow, Lisbeth.
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July 28, 1989 | From Associated Press
A longtime criminal who prowled the streets of Stockholm in search of drugs and drink was convicted Thursday of murdering Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986 and was sentenced to life in prison. Christer Pettersson was found guilty by a Stockholm District Court panel of two professional judges and six lay jurors. The two judges said there was not enough evidence to convict Pettersson, but they were outvoted by the lay jurors. A simple majority was needed for conviction.
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July 10, 1989 | From Reuters
Former drama student Christer Pettersson, the man accused of the 1986 murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, delivered a polished speech today in which he loudly and self-assuredly reasserted his innocence. "My name is Christer Pettersson. I have not killed Olof Palme," Pettersson declared on the final day of his five-week trial.
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June 29, 1989 | From Times wire services
A young nurse who tried to take the pulse of dying Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme moments after he was shot said in court today that Palme's wife, Lisbet, had been hysterical. "When I leaned over Palme to take his pulse she tried to push me aside and told me to leave him alone because he had to go to hospital. Then she pushed me again," Anna Hage, 21, testified. "Did Lisbet Palme have a fit of hysterics?" asked lawyer Arne Liljeros, who is defending the man accused of Palme's murder, Christer Pettersson.
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