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Brazil military court frees soldiers pending killing trial

May 23, 2019
FILE - In this April 10, 2019 file photo, a friend of Evaldo dos Santos Rosa, shot and killed by soldiers, points and shouts at a soldier during a protest outside an army's barrack in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A top Brazilian military court has ordered on Thursday, May 23, nine soldiers to be released while they await trial in the April shooting that killed two people in Rio de Janeiro, an incident that caused national outrage. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
FILE - In this April 10, 2019 file photo, a friend of Evaldo dos Santos Rosa, shot and killed by soldiers, points and shouts at a soldier during a protest outside an army's barrack in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A top Brazilian military court has ordered on Thursday, May 23, nine soldiers to be released while they await trial in the April shooting that killed two people in Rio de Janeiro, an incident that caused national outrage. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A top Brazilian military court ordered on Thursday that nine soldiers be released while they await trial in an April shooting that killed two people in Rio de Janeiro, an incident that caused national outrage.

Brazil’s Superior Military Tribunal ruled the nine suspects should leave jail to face homicide and negligence charges. Only one of the 15 judges said the soldiers should remain in custody while being prosecuted in the shooting of more than 80 bullets into a family’s car April 9. Three other defendants already were released.

Musician Evaldo dos Santos Rosa and garbage collector Luciano Macedo were killed in the incident. Rosa was driving his family to a baby shower when the soldiers fired. Police said soldiers confused the family’s car with a stolen auto.

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