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Police hold off arrest in Calif. schoolgirl death


Because of conflicting witness accounts, police are holding off charges against the driver of a pickup truck who ran a stop sign and plowed into a group of California junior high school girls, killing one and injuring four others, the Associated Press reports. Ceres Police Chief Art de Werk said that the driver, Larry Dale Duke of Ceres, has not been arrested and most likely won’t face any possible charges until next week, once the investigation completes. De Werk said police are interviewing 35 witnesses, but continue to look for more reliable on-the-scene witnesses.

“There are a lot of rumors, disinformation, misinformation, innuendos and false assumptions that are being treated as fact,” de Werk said at a news conference Thursday. “This complicates and delays our ongoing investigation.”

The driver struck the students as they walked to Mae Hensley Junior High around 9 a.m. Wednesday. The victims were all 13- and 14-year-old girls…

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