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Hearing in case of Brazilian woman killed in Australia

September 5, 2018

SAO PAULO (AP) — A pre-trial hearing in the case of a Brazilian man charged with killing his Brazilian ex-girlfriend in Australia has been scheduled for later this month in Rio de Janeiro.

Mario Marcelo Ferreira dos Santos Santoro has been indicted on charges of killing Cecilia Muller Haddad in late April. He was arrested July 7 in Rio’s Botafogo neighborhood, hiding in a relative’s home.

The judiciary branch of Rio de Janeiro state said Wednesday a judge will question plaintiff and defendant witnesses on Sept. 19. Santoro’s presence at the hearing is not mandatory.

The judiciary branch’s press office said other hearings may be held and that no date has been set for Santoro’s trial.

Santoro is alleged to have strangled Haddad, whose body was found April 29 in Sydney’s Lane Cove River.

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