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Lawsuit revived for wrongly accused SoCal teens

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge in San Diego says he's ready to revive a civil rights lawsuit that two wrongly accused murder suspects filed against authorities who helped arrest and charge them for the stabbing death of a 12-year-old Escondido girl in 1998.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Miller told attorneys Friday he wants to set a trial date "as soon as possible."

The suit involving Michael Crowe and Aaron Houser versus the cities of Escondido and Oceanside was reinstated by an appellate court, and the U.S. Supreme Court last week declined to get involved.

The lawsuit claims violation of rights against self-incrimination, false arrest and prosecution following the killing of Stephanie Crowe, found stabbed to death in her Escondido bedroom 13 years ago.

A transient, Richard Tuite, was eventually convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 17 years in prison.


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