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Judge: Prosecutors to struggle convicting ex-Tech student

March 2, 2018

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — The former Virginia Tech student charged with illegally possessing an assault weapon as a foreigner was arrested on accusations of using a 30-round magazine in an AR-15 rifle.

But police said Thursday at Chinese national Yunsong Zhao’s preliminary hearing that the 30-round magazine still hasn’t been found.

The Roanoke Times reports photos and video said to be from the day in question showed Zhao with three 20-round magazines, as identified by the accusing Blacksburg Police detective Brian Wilson. Zhao is allowed magazines of that capacity and maintains his innocence.

Judge Gino Williams said prosecutors will have a hard time convicting Zhao. Williams granted bail for Zhao, who has been jailed since his Jan. 29 arrest.

Williams said the accusation is enough to send the case to a grand jury.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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