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Preliminary Hearing Set For 3 Ex-Guards At OSP

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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - A preliminary hearing is set for June 3 to determine whether three former Oklahoma State Penitentiary guards should be bound over for trial on manslaughter charges.

The three are charged in last year's death of inmate Julius Parker, who died of smoke inhalation after starting a fire in his cell.

Prosecutors charged David Anderson, David Willis and Jay Nair on Feb. 1 with second-degree manslaughter and one count of willful neglect to perform duty.

Attorney Michael Parks, who represents Willis, said he believes his client will be exonerated if the case goes to trial. Nair's attorney, Michael Contreras, says his client performed his duties as ordered and did nothing wrong.

Anderson's attorney did not return a call seeking comment. Prison officials declined to comment.

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