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Four to stand trial in cross-burning case

September 13, 2011 | 10:09 am

Three men and one woman have been ordered to stand trial on charges they burned an 11-foot cross outside the San Luis Obispo home of a black teen.

A San Luis Obispo County judge ruled Monday that there was enough evidence for Jeremiah Hernandez, 32; Jason Kahn, 36; Sara Matheny, 24; and William Soto, 20 to face charges of arson, conspiracy and hate crime, the San Luis Obispo County Tribune reported.

The cross was set on fire on March 18 in a lot behind the house.

Defense attorneys said there was no evidence the defendants knew a black person lived there.

But Judge Jacquelyn Duffy cited Kahn's swastika tattoos and testimony from the teen that she had met Soto, the newspaper reported.


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