Belgian skydiver on trial for friend, rival's death

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September 24, 2010 22:00

 
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BRUSSELS — A jealous skydiver caught up in a love triangle allegedly sabotaged the parachute of her close friend, Belgian prosecutors said Friday, sending the woman plunging 13,000 feet (4,500 meters) to her death in a horrifying fall captured on video.

As her murder trial opened Friday, Els Clottemans sat nervously in front of the mudcaked parachute bag and helmet that Els Van Doren wore as she frantically tried to open her parachute before crashing to the ground in November 2006.

Clottemans, a 26-year-old schoolteacher, has vehemently denied the murder charge and accusations she killed her friend to claim for herself the Dutch skydiver that both were sleeping with. Her lawyers say there is no hard evidence to link her to the crime.

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