Man Admits to Raping, Shoving Tourist to Her Death Near 'Cinderella' Castle

The June 14, 2023 incident left 21-year-old Eva Liu dead and 22-year-old Kelsey Chang injured

<p>Troy Bohling/Facebook</p> Troy Phillip Bohling

Troy Bohling/Facebook

Troy Phillip Bohling

Troy Phillip Bohling has reportedly confessed to rape and murder charges less than a year after pushing two women down a ravine near Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle.

The June 14, 2023 incident left 21-year-old Eva Liu dead and 22-year-old Kelsey Chang injured, according to The Telegraph.

"The defendant has committed an unfathomable crime," said defense lawyer Philip Mueller via statement, according to the Associated Press, citing the German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA).

According to the AP, Bohling, who is American, didn't answer any questions but confirmed that the statement was correct. In the German legal system, defendants do not formally enter pleas to charges, notes the AP.

<p>Getty</p> View of the area near the Neuschwanstein castle


View of the area near the Neuschwanstein castle

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According to the BBC, Mueller also told the court that Bohling did not commit his actions with intent and "acted spontaneously." Per the outlet, Mueller said Bohling was "deeply ashamed" of his actions.

The news comes months after the Michigan native was charged with murder, rape with fatal consequences, attempted murder, and possession of child pornography. At the earliest, a verdict is expected to be announced in mid-March, according to the AP.

Bohling met the women while hiking on a trail close to the castle, which is said to have been the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella movies, according to The Telegraph. The two women had been on a trip abroad after graduating from the University of Illinois, per the outlet.

<p>Getty</p> The Neuschwanstein castle


The Neuschwanstein castle

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Per The Telegraph, he told the women that he was going to take them to a spot that had a better view of the castle for selfies when he pushed Liu to the ground and allegedly raped her. After Chang attempted to intervene, he allegedly pushed her into a ravine.

Bohling allegedly continued raping Liu and filmed it. According to the outlet, he allegedly then choked her with a belt and pushed her into the same ravine while she was unconscious. While both women fell in the same area, Chang survived despite the fall, while Liu died as a result of her injuries later that same night, per The Telegraph.

<p>Eva Liu/Facebook</p> Eva Liu

Eva Liu/Facebook

Eva Liu

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It was during the investigation that authorities learned that Bohling's laptop and cellphone contained child pornography, per the NY Post.

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