Chile court: US had role in 'Missing' killings

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Updated: 7/01 12:02 am

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean court says U.S. military intelligence services played a key role that led to the 1973 killings of two Americans in Chile in a case that inspired the Oscar-winning film "Missing."

A court ruling released Monday says former U.S. Navy Capt. Ray E. Davis gave information to Chilean officials about journalist Charles Horman and student Frank Teruggi that led to their arrest and execution shortly after the 1973 coup that brought Gen. Augusto Pinochet to power.

Judge Jorge Zepeda also upheld the decision to charge retired Chilean army Col. Pedro Espinoza with the murders, and Rafael Gonzalez, a civilian counterintelligence agent, as an accomplice in Horman's murder. The two Chileans and Davis had been indicted in 2011.

Davis, head of the U.S. Military Group in Chile in 1973, died in a Santiago nursing home last year.

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