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Church historian: No evidence that Young ordered massacre

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A historian says there is not enough evidence to conclude that Brigham Young ordered the Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857 that killed 120 Arkansas emigrants.

Richard Turley was one of three people hired by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to examine the massacre, including the role of the former LDS church president.

Turley, the church's assistant historian, spoke Saturday at the annual meeting of the Mormon History Association.

He says the three authors hired to do the project worked with dozens of researchers and examined documents from archives across the country looking for any evidence related to the incident.

After reviewing all of the evidence, Turley concludes that Young didn't order the massacre in southern Utah.

A book is scheduled for this summer or fall.

Information from: Deseret News

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