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Trial set for lawsuit in Fort Stewart militia slayings

SEATTLE — A federal judge has set a July 2016 trial date for a lawsuit filed against the United States by the parents of two teens that were killed by an anti-government paramilitary group near the Fort Stewart Army base in Georgia in 2011.

The parents of Michael Roark of Marysville, Washington, and his girlfriend, Tiffany York, claim that Army commanders should have intervened in the group's activities. The group "Forever Enduring, Always Ready" or FEAR, was made up of soldiers who planned to kill President Obama and other violent activities.

The group's leader and others involved in the shooting were charged and sentenced for killing the teens because they thought they would reveal their plans to authorities.

The lawsuit claims Army officials allowed FEAR to form and fester at Fort Stewart and seeks to hold the Army accountable for the deaths.

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