Mehserle Verdict Protesters to Face Trial

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Three people charged with felonies in connection with violent protests in Oakland following a verdict in the Johannes Mehserle case are heading to trial.

An Alameda County judge on Monday ruled there was sufficient evidence to try 46-year-old Arthur Jackson, 28-year-old Sarah Thibault and 21-year-old Laramie Elliott on charges including burglary.

Authorities say they spotted Jackson with stolen merchandise from a Foot Locker store after the July 8 verdict. Thibault and Elliott are accused of setting a trash can on fire. Authorities say Elliott also entered a Sears store through a broken display case window while Thibault photographed her.

An attorney for Jackson says police never saw him enter the store and steal. Attorneys for Thibault and Elliott say the evidence only shows their clients trespassed.

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