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Mexican self-defense force members will face trial

January 6, 2015

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican judge has ordered the leader and nine members of a self-defense group in the western state of Michoacan held over for trial in connection with the killing of 11 people during a clash with a rival.

The judge found Monday sufficient evidence to proceed with a trial against Luis Antonio Torres, better known as “Simon the American,” and nine of his followers. The same judge last week also cleared the way for a trial against Hipolito Mora, leader of the other group, and 26 of his men on the same charges.

Mora’s son was among the people killed in a Dec. 16 shootout between the two groups at a roadblock near La Ruana, a remote mountain town about 160 miles (300 kilometers) west of Morelia, the state capital.

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