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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Trial for Kan. commune leader set for March

  • The leader of a Kansas group accused of living off life insurance payouts on its dead members is scheduled to go on trial in five months in a woman's death.
    The Wichita Eagle reports that a Sedgwick County judge on Wednesday rescheduled the trial of 53-year-old Daniel U. Perez for March 31.
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  • The leader of a Kansas group accused of living off life insurance payouts on its dead members is scheduled to go on trial in five months in a woman's death. The Wichita Eagle reports that a Sedgwick County judge on Wednesday rescheduled the trial of 53-year-old Daniel U. Perez for March 31. Perez is charged with murder in the 2003 death of Patricia Hughes at the group's compound near Wichita. The 26-year-old woman was initially believed to have accidentally drowned while trying to rescue her 2-year-old daughter from the pool. Perez also faces charges of rape, sodomy and sexual exploitation of a child. Defense lawyers have argued that there's not enough evidence to put Perez on trial.
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