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Two Officers Face Murder Trial in Shooting of Man During Search

September 14, 1993

DETROIT (AP) _ Two police officers must stand trial on second-degree murder charges in the shooting of an unarmed immigrant from Cuba.

District Judge Alex Allen Jr. ruled Monday at a preliminary hearing that there was enough evidence for Ira Todd and Rico Hardy to stand trial in the April 28 death of Jose Iturralde.

According to police records, a man ran out of a bar and told the two officers two other men, one with a shotgun, were trying to attack him. Iturralde walked out of the bar moments later and was confronted by the officers, police said.

The officers said they thought Iturralde was pulling a gun from his pocket, but he apparently was reaching for a bottle in a paper bag. He was shot six times, according to an autopsy.

Allen said testimony indicated the plainclothes officers failed to identify themselves as police.

Todd, 35, and Hardy, 34, face up to life imprisonment if convicted.

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