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 March 27, 2005
Man accused of murder set to be deported without standing trial
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. A Latin Kings gang member accused of shooting another man last November is scheduled to be deported before facing the murder charge.

Eighteen-year-old Julio Morel of Cranston is accused of shooting 20-year-old Lonny Perez the day before Thanksgiving.

He was charged with Perez's murder shortly afterwards and released on bail in late December.

Since then, the state has not secured an indictment against Morel. Now, he's being deported.

Immigration officials say they had told the state attorney general's office Morel was on track to be deported, and the only way to keep him here was for the state to file to have him remanded to state custody.

The attorney general says there were problems with Morel's case -- such as witnesses who were reluctant to testify against a gang member.
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