Sep 12, 2011 6:15 PM by Courtney Meznarich

Judge rules Arroyo Grande cross burning case can move forward

A San Luis Obispo County judge has ruled there's enough evidence to go to trial in the case of a cross burning in Arroyo Grande.

William Soto, Jason Kahn, Jeremiah Hernandez and Sara Matheny have all pleaded not guilty to felony charges including terrorism and conspiracy with hate crime enhancements. Officers say the four burned a cross next to a black woman's home in Arroyo Grande. The cross was stolen was St. John's Lutheran Church.

All four appeared Friday for a preliminary hearing. Monday, the judge in the case ruled there's enough evidence to move forward. The defendants will be arraigned in Superior Court later this month.



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