Danish prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen heading into court on Thursday.
Danish prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen heading into court on Thursday. Credit: Johan Nilsson/TT

Murder trial of dead Swedish journalist begins today

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Inventor Peter Madsen of Denmark stands accused of premeditated murder and mutilation of Swedish freelance reporter Kim Wall on board his private submarine last August.

The 30-year-old Wall was working on a profile piece of Madsen and traveled to the Copenhagen harbor for what was supposed to be a brief trip on Madsen's submarine that he built.

Madsen entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of murder on Thursday, the trial's opening day, though he has admitted to dismembering Wall's corpse and throwing her body into the sea. 

Wall's family has started a memorial fund for journalists, and scholarships have also been started in Wall's name. Her mother Ingrid Wall tells Radio Sweden how she wants her daughter to be remembered.

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