Four alleged gang members face trial in 2009 tourist slaying 

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Four alleged gang members were ordered by a judge Wednesday to stand trial in connection with the 2009 slaying of a Louisiana man who prosecutors said was lured to the Bayview, robbed and shot dead while visiting The City.

The prosecution’s case hinges on the testimony of two alleged accomplices to the Oct. 4, 2009, robbery of 26-year-old Michael Bailey and two of his friends. In previous court appearances, the two men have identified William Jones, 23; Lance Molina, 25; Maurice Lige, 19; and Molina’s girlfriend, Arieal Kittles, 23, as participants in the alleged conspiracy.

Bailey and his friends agreed to give Kittles a ride home from a South of Market club after she told them she lost her car keys. One witness testified that when the group drove up to a home in the Double Rock housing projects, Kittles got out and walked past a group of men gathered there and said, “They have chains and wallets and phones.”

Witnesses said that during the robbery, Bailey resisted and was shot by Jones.

The four suspects remain in custody and are scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court on Feb. 1.

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