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Trial Set in Ambush of U.S. Tourists in Guatemala

Trial Set in Ambush of U.S. Tourists in Guatemala

Posted - Oct. 4, 2004 at 7:21 a.m.



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(Ogden-AP) -- A trial has been set for June for the ambush that resulted in the slaying of Ogden architect Brett Richards on a tour of Guatemala.

The 52-year-old Richards was shot in January during a confrontation with bandits who robbed a tour bus filled with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

So far, only two of a handful of robbers have been identified and arrested by Guatemalan authorities.

Neither is believed to have shot Richards, but they were implicated in the robbery after being caught using a stolen charge card belonging to one of the tourists.

Reed Richards, Brett's brother and former chief of the Utah Attorney General's criminal division, says family members don't understand why authorities are waiting until June to try the two men.

Two women on the tour bus identified the suspects from a police lineup.

The robbers led the passengers into a forest and forced them to lie face down before stealing their belongings.

The attack took place in Colomba, 120 miles west of Guatemala City. It was the first reported murder of a U-S citizen in Guatemala since 2003.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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