After four decades of mystery, it was discovered who murdered a veteran of World War I.
The suspect could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
A man originally from New York, United States, was indicted last Wednesday for the death of a veteran of the First World War. According to the events, the subject was killed while on his way to get a haircut in 1976, the Queens district attorney's office said in a statement.
According to information compiled by Fox News, 74-year-old Martin Motta was singled out for his alleged responsibility in the second-degree murder of George Clarence Seitz. Their dismembered remains were found in the backyard of a Queens home in 2019. It is worth mentioning that the latter remained unidentified after only partial remains of a torso and a pelvis were found.
"After 45 years, the alleged killer of a World War I veteran is being held accountable and brought to justice," said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz in a press release. "We hope that the identification of the remains and the prosecution, in this case, will begin to bring peace and closure to their loved ones. This indictment serves as an example of how the police and prosecutors work together to bring to justice people who have allegedly committed crimes no matter how much time passes or how many obstacles stand in our way. "
It is estimated that Motta could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Although to follow the leads of the accused, the FBI relied on a private laboratory that used advanced DNA tests, it was thus that the institution was able to generate a genealogical profile for the possible family members who gave DNA samples and, ultimately, they identified it.
Thus, after identifying him, the New York Police Department and the Queens District Attorney discovered evidence that allegedly linked Motta to Seitz's murder.
"Officers from the NYPD's Bureau of Detectives, their Cases Solved and Homicide squads, and their highly trained forensic units, never forget and never give up. Here again, this case shows that no matter how much time passes, our police officers and partners at the Queens District Attorney's Office carry out a sustained commitment, over decades, to establish justice for crime victims and their families in New York City," said NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
What was the role of the United States during World War I
According to historical accounts, the First World War began in 1914, when a young anarchist assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. German forces occupied Belgium and parts of France, anticipating a quick victory. Still, the fighting continued and spread to other world regions.
Thus, during the first years of the conflict, the United States remained a neutral country. However, commercial ties with the allies (France and England) remained firm. The British navy controlled the seas, blocking Germany's access to vital goods.
It is worth mentioning that the decisive factor for the US to enter the war was the restart of unrestricted submarine combat by Germany and the interception of the "Zimmerman Telegram, "a document that revealed a plot by Germany to help Mexico regain Texas, New Mexico. And Arizona if it attacked the United States.
With just 130,000 soldiers, no tanks or planes, the United States joined the war in 1917. Then conscription was carried out, and they headed to Europe. Thus, the arrival of the "mass soldiers," the United States Expeditionary Force members, were decisive in helping the allies maintain their lines and break German morale in the final months of the war.