Jean-Marie Villemin, father of little Grégory, broke nearly 15 years of silence, saying that he hoped “in the not too distant future” for the truth about the unsolved murder of his son in 1984, while several elements have recently relaunched the investigation.
“We hope, our lawyers, Christine (Villemin, his wife, editor’s note) and I, that we will finally be able to achieve, in the not too distant future, a fair solution”, writes Mr. Villemin, 62, in an afterword to the book by Me Thierry Moser, “Parole d’avocat”, released on Friday (La Valette / Le Noyer Editeurs).
“It is necessary out of respect for the memory of Grégory”, adds Mr. Villemin who breaks, with this text of ten pages, nearly fifteen years of silence: his last public speech dates back to 2006, when the couple Villemin had given an interview to the daily La Croix.
In the afterword, Jean-Marie Villemin evokes the “total annihilation” represented for him and Christine by the death of their first son (the couple had since had three children) and pays tribute to Me Moser, the lawyer Mulhouse by their side since 1985.
A “big brother” who “fights in a disinterested and determined way, with his colleagues, for Grégory”, his brothers and his sister born after his assassination, “for Christine and for me”, writes Mr. Villemin.
The Villemin “are serene, it is a united couple” who are fighting “so that justice can pass,” Moser told AFP. The couple, who have long since left the Vosges, where the drama of their lives was tied, live in the Paris region: “Jean-Marie is a young retiree” and Christine, 61, still works in a publishing house, continues the lawyer.
“They have no desire for revenge, no bitterness (…) They just want justice and truth”, insists the council, which evokes “friendship” and “affection” which binds it to the couple.
Sentenced in 1993 to five years in prison, one of which was suspended, for the 1985 murder of Bernard Laroche, his cousin whom he suspected of having killed his son, Jean-Marie Villemin confides in the afterword to have “killed him in a moment of aberration and total despair “.
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In passing, he scratches the “sad” judge Jean-Michel Lambert, who committed suicide in 2017 at the age of 65. As the first magistrate to investigate the case, his work was widely criticized: after indicting Mr. Laroche, Mr. Lambert then referred his suspicions to Christine Villemin, completely cleared by the courts in 1993.
The publication of this text comes at a time when several elements have recently relaunched the investigation.
In mid-December, the Villemin lawyers submitted to the investigative chamber of the Dijon Court of Appeal, where the case has been investigated since 1987, new requests for expertise, in particular DNA, the previous ones having nothing given.
These new requests relate to “a search for DNA of kinship” and the possibility, from genetic material, of drawing a “robot portrait” of a person, a source close to the matter told AFP.
The investigating chamber should render its decision “at the end of January”, according to Dijon’s prosecutor general, Thierry Pocquet du Haut-Jussé.
“In this file, we have already collected a lot of interesting elements (…) we still need to strengthen them, amplify them” and these expertises could “bring us valuable elements to advance further,” says Moser.
“Hearings” also took place recently, according to Mr. Pocquet du Haut-Jussé, who had also confirmed the existence, unveiled by Le Parisien, of a stylometry report, not yet filed in the file, incriminating a person.
The Grégory affair, considered one of the most enigmatic cases in French criminal history since the child was found dead on October 16, 1984 in Vologne, had experienced in June 2017 an unexpected rebound with the examination of her great-uncle and her great-aunt, husband and wife Jacob, never previously worried, and Murielle Bolle. These prosecutions were, however, canceled on procedural grounds.