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Man Accused of Killing Ex-Actor

November 16, 2002

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LAS VEGAS (AP) _ A judge has ruled that there is enough evidence to try a 52-year-old homeless man on murder charges in the death of Jay R. Smith, a former child actor from the ``Our Gang″ film series.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace James Bixler made the ruling in Charles ``Wayne″ Crombie’s case Thursday after hearing from six witnesses, including two pawn shop employees who testified Crombie pawned items belonging to Smith after the 87-year-old man was stabbed to death.

Crombie had been living with Smith, whose body was found Oct. 5 in the desert north of Las Vegas.

Smith appeared in mostly minor roles in 1920s ``Our Gang″ films _ better known to television audiences as ``The Little Rascals.″

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