Verdict postponed in Frankfurt airport shooting

AP News
Posted: Jan 17, 2012 8:57 AM
Verdict postponed in Frankfurt airport shooting

A German court says it is postponing the verdict in the case of an alleged Islamic extremist who has admitted killing two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt Airport last year.

The verdict had been planned for Thursday, but the court said in a statement Tuesday that it needed to hear from another witness on the basis of "new facts" in the case.

It did not elaborate, and neither the court spokesman nor prosecutors could immediately be reached for comment.

Arid Uka, a 21-year-old ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, confessed as the trial opened to killing two men at point-blank range before wounding two more American airmen and taking aim at a third before his gun misfired. He was captured at the scene.

A verdict is now scheduled for Jan. 30. Uka faces a possible life in prison.