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Tulsa Shooting Suspects Set to Stand Trial (Aug 14, 2012)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Two men accused of killing three black people must stand trial on first-degree murder counts.

A Tulsa County judge ruled Tuesday that prosecutors had presented enough evidence to bind Jake England and Alvin Watts over for trial. He also overruled defense motions to dismiss the arrest and statements of the pair.

England and Watts also face hate crimes charges stemming from the April killings of William Allen, Bobby Clark and Dannaer Fields as they walked near their homes. Two others who were shot survived.

The shootings happened in a predominantly black section of Tulsa and all five victims were black. Watts is white and England identifies himself as Cherokee Indian.

Authorities believe England may have targeted blacks to avenge his father's shooting death by a black man two years ago.

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