KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian police charged three men with capital murder Friday in the killing of an American woman -- an alleged ritual sacrifice to obtain lottery numbers from the spirits.
The body of Carolyn Janice Ahmad, who was originally from Duluth, Minn., was discovered in a shallow grave at an oil palm plantation last month. She had been missing for 19 months.
On Friday, three suspects were charged in a Magistrate's Court in Sungai Siput, 130 miles north of Kuala Lumpur.
The suspects -- Michael Anthonysamy, 34, Ramasamy Palaniappan, 36, and Christopher Earthiam, 28 -- did not enter pleas. Magistrate Muhammad Saifuddin Hashim Musaime fixed Aug. 28 for a hearing and ordered the three to be held at nearby Taiping Prison.
Police allege that the trio and a fourth man, Shanmugavala Shanmuga, who died in a car accident this year, killed Ahmad, 35, on Nov. 9, 1999 in a ritual to try to obtain lottery numbers from the spirits.
Ahmad, whose maiden name was Carolyn Bushell, attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she met Roslan Ahmad, a Malaysian who was also a student there.
They married in 1986, moved to Malaysia in 1987 and had three children.
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