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Prosecutor: Suspect told child to lie about death

Prosecutor: Commune leader directed child to lie about woman's 2003 death at Kansas compound By The Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) ' A prosecutor says a Kansas commune leader accused of killing a group member directed a child to lie to police about the woman's 2003 death.

Prosecutor Kim Parker began laying out the case against Daniel U. Perez during a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Prosecutors must show a judge enough evidence this week to justify a murder trial.

Law enforcement officials have refused to say what led them to charge Perez with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Patricia Hughes.

Police first believed Hughes drowned while trying to rescue her 2-year-old daughter from a pool at the Valley Center compound where the commune lived.

Perez was known for years as Lou Castro, a false identity. He also faces multiple counts of lying on life insurance applications, rape and other crimes.

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