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Army Soldier Appears in Court on Trolley Shooting Indictment

Army Soldier Appears in Court on Trolley Shooting Indictment



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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A Fort Jackson soldier indicted in Utah for lying to police about the illegal sale of guns used in a mall shooting appeared in federal court here today.

A judge released Matthew Hautala, of Green River, Wyo., on an unsecured $50,000 bond with the condition that he appear in a Salt Lake City federal court May 31.

He's one of four people indicted for their involvement with Sulejman Talovic, an 18-year-old who shot and killed five at the Trolley Square shopping mall. Prosecutors say, Hautala witnessed the gun sale, but lied to investigators about it.

He was arrested and booked into jail Wednesday.

Hautala is a U.S. Army private assigned to the 2nd Battalion 13th Infantry Regiment, a basic combat training unit at Fort Jackson. He was supposed to fly to San Antonio, Texas today for more training.

With a judge's permission, however, he'll fly from Texas to Salt Lake City, where his parents will meet him.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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