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Trial Date Set For Suspects In Hacking Death Of British Soldier

LONDON (UPI) — Two men accused of hacking British soldier Lee Rigby to death had their trial date set for Nov. 18 at a London court hearing Friday, officials said.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, both charged with murder, appeared at the hearing via video link from separate prison cells and spoke only to confirm their names, ITV News reported.

Members of Rigby’s family were at the hearing, the BBC reported.

The suspects are accused of killing Rigby with weapons that included a machete outside his Woolwich barracks in May.

Witnesses at the scene said Adebolajo told them he killed Rigby in retaliation for the killing of Muslims by British soldiers in the Middle East and Asia.

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