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MOVE Developer Held For Trial

January 24, 1986

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The developer rebuilding the MOVE neighborhood has been ordered to stand trial on charges of beating up a free-lance photographer working for The New York Times and his assistant.

Municipal Judge Lynwood Blount on Thursday scheduled a Feb. 6 arraignment for Ernest A. Edwards Jr. on charges of assault, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, riot and related offenses.

Edwards, 39, holds a $6.74 million city contract to rebuild the 61 homes destroyed by fire during the May 13 battle between police and the radical primitivist group MOVE.

Daniel Miller of Newark, Del., and his assistant, Michael McDyre, of Perryville, Md., said Edwards and his men assaulted them and stole their cameras after the two photographed homes under construction Dec. 16.

Defense attorney Hugh Clark said Edwards he felt the photographers were trespassing.

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