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John Mark Karr porn trial to proceed

Sept. 30, 2006 at 5:29 PM

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Former JonBenet Ramsey suspect John Mark Karr's trial on child pornography charges is set to begin as scheduled.

A Northern California judge refused a motion Friday to dismiss the charges against the 41-year-old Karr, whose confession to a role in the child's death in 1996 was refuted by DNA testing. The trial begins Monday.

Karr had been brought to the United States from Thailand based on a 2001 charge for misdemeanor possession of images. The 41-year-old Karr had been a teacher at the time in Sonoma County and fled before prosecution.

The San Francisco Chronicle said Judge Cerena Wong rejected Karr's motion, but not until after his lawyer grilled the chief Sonoma County deputy district attorney about the difficulty investigators had tracking down Karr's computer.

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