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Kenya Dismisses Ward Suspect Case

February 15, 1999

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ A Kenyan magistrate threw out charges on Monday against a man accused of killing a British tourist at a African game park a decade ago.

The magistrate, Christine Meoli, said the prosecution had failed to produce enough evidence against David ole Nchoko to justify a trial on charges of killing 28-year-old Julie Ward.

The decision leaves one man charged in the killing of Ward, whose mutilated and charred remains were found in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in September 1988.

Simon Makallah, the park’s chief warden at the time of the killing, is due to go on trial next week. Makallah is now assistant director of the Kenya Wildlife Service. He has pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Nchoko and Makallah were charged after two park rangers who were originally accused in the killing were acquitted. The judge in that trial _ in which Nchoko and Makallah had testified for the prosecution _ said the police investigation was flawed.

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