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Judge rules ex-BART cop will face murder trial

OAKLAND, Calif. – A judge has ruled that a former transit police officer should stand trial on murder charges in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man on a train platform.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Don Clay said Thursday there was sufficient evidence for ex-Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle to face murder charges in the shooting of Oscar Grant early New Year’s Day.

Mehserle has pleaded not guilty.

During several days of a preliminary hearing, the prosecution and Mehserle’s attorney called witnesses and presented evidence in the controversial video-recorded shooting that prompted sometimes violent protests in Oakland.

Mehserle was arrested without incident near Zephyr Cove at Lake Tahoe in January.

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