South Asia

US boy accused of mother's murder set for Indian trial

Nearly 40 witnesses will testify against a US professor's son who is accused of slashing his mother's throat at an Indian resort, prosecutors say.

Joncarlo Patton, 15, denies murdering his mother, Cindy Innarelli, in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan and destroying evidence.

The teenager was arrested at an airport a day after she was found dead near the city of Jodhpur on 12 August.

Trial was set for 22 October at a hearing which he attended in Jodhpur.

Prosecutor N K Sankhla submitted a list of 37 witnesses, and said eight of them would be produced on the opening day.

The teenager is accused of attacking his 51-year-old mother with a knife and then dumping her body on a sand dune near the resort of Osian.

Following his arrest, the boy said he was traumatised by his parents' divorce and had wanted them to reconcile, according to a police officer who questioned him.

The accused's father, a business professor at the University of Pittsburgh, in the US state of Pennsylvania, has arrived in India for the trial.

Defence lawyer Manish Vyas asked for his client, who he said was a promising student, to be allowed to continue his education under the supervision of his father.

The juvenile court did not reach a decision about that request in Monday's pre-trial hearing.