ACCUSED REGGIANI LOSES ONE LAWYER, HIRES ANOTHER
MILAN — Patrizia Reggiani, the former wife of Maurizio Gucci, who has been accused of ordering Gucci’s killing in March 1995, Monday appointed new counsel, Giovanni Maria Dedola, after her lawyer, Marco Deluca, resigned earlier in the day.
Deluca declined to explain why he was withdrawing from the case. Reggiani is still being held in Milan’s San Vittore prison. She has refused to answer investigators’ questions about her alleged involvement in Gucci’s killing.
As reported, Reggiani was arrested at dawn on Jan. 31 and accused of ordering the assassination of her former husband, who was shot down two years ago by a gunman in the entrance of his Milan offices. Four other people have been arrested in the case, including a longtime Reggiani acquaintance said to be her spiritual adviser, a hotel porter and two men who police say carried out the job.
According to police, Reggiani is alleged to have arranged the murder to gain control over the Gucci inheritance. Gucci and Reggiani had two daughters, Allesandra, who is 21, and Allegra, who is 16 and still in her mother’s custody.