August 10, 2007
Original case: April 20, 2004
Samuel Romã, Radio Conquista FM
Judge César de Souza Lima stated in his verdict that Mariano hired a third party to shoot the journalist, who used his talk show “A Voz do Povo” (“The Voice of the People”) to express his political views. Romã had been particularly vocal during the year of his death, according to the judge’s verdict. Souza Lima concluded that the former mayor ordered Romã’s murder in order to silence his commentary.
On April 20, 2004, four gunmen on two motorcycles shot Romã, 36, outside his home in Coronel Sapucaia around 6 p.m. Police took the journalist to the municipal hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Romã was also a political activist.