July 6, 2008

More Arrests Possible in Student Slayings

Police Sunday said they are not ruling out further arrests in the torture slayings of two French college students in their London apartment.

Authorities have a 21-year-old suspect in custody for the killings of Gabriel Ferez and Laurent Bonomo, both 23, who were tied to chairs, gagged and stabbed hundreds of times. But they're also unsure if he is the same man seen running from the scene of the crime, The Sunday Times of London reported.

Police say the apartment had been burglarized several days before the slayings and theorized there may be some connection between the two incidents. If not, they urged the burglar to come forward.

The Times said Bonomo was stabbed 196 times, including 80 wounds to his back, with possibly half the wounds inflicted after his death, while Ferez suffered 47 wounds and his body had been badly scorched by flames.

The rented apartment had been doused with an unidentified accelerant then firebombed in a possible attempt to erase the evidence, police said.