Breaking Bad copycat students kill teacher and dissolve body in acid

A pair of Russian university students were allegedly inspired by a scene from Breaking Bad when they 'murdered their teacher, dismembered his corpse and dissolved it in acid'.

The victim, Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, 58, was a renowned chemistry professor at a prestigious university.

His students, Dmitry Bykovsky, 35, and Alexander Kharlamov, 31, allegedly killed him in order to steal his savings of 1.9 million Russian Rubles (about £18,700).

After dismembering his body, the duo then allegedly transported and stored the body parts in hydrochloric acid and chlorine in containers, leaving them on the balcony of an apartment they had rented.

Shockingly, they are even said to have invited friends over to the flat for drinks while the containers with the rotting body parts were just feet away.

The horrific murder took place in the city of Voronezh in western Russia on March 4, 2020 – and the defendants are now on trial for the evil crimes.

Bykovsky and Kharlamov allegedly turned up at Mr Kuznetsov's home and put chloroform over his mouth when he opened the door, before the victim died from injuries and acute chemical poisoning.

The pair then allegedly decided to dismember his corpse and dissolve it in acid.

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Reportedly, Bykovsky – who was said to be close to the professor he killed – has been spotted smiling on several occasions during the trial.

The mature postgraduate students allegedly raided their victim's bank account after his murder, and are also alleged to have kept the containers with the dismembered body parts inside for about three months on the balcony of the flat.

Prosecutors have requested 21 years in prison for Bykovsky and 19 for Kharlamov.

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Both defendants stand accused of a litany of crimes including committing murder in a group, robbery while causing grievous bodily harm to the victim, illegal entry into a dwelling, and theft of a passport and other personal documents.

The last hearing took place at the Voronezh Regional Court on Thursday, February 3, with the verdict due to be given on February 15.

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