October Hearing Set for Menendez Brothers

An Oct. 22 preliminary hearing was scheduled Monday for two Beverly Hills brothers charged with the shotgun murders of their wealthy parents for a $14-million inheritance.

The hearing will determine whether Lyle Menendez, 22, and Erik, 19, will be ordered to stand trial on the charges, which carry a possible death sentence.

Prosecutors will attempt to introduce a key piece of evidence: a psychologist's audiotapes in which the brothers allegedly made incriminating statements about the slayings.

In a major victory for prosecutors last week, a judge ruled that the taped conversations between the brothers and Beverly Hills psychologist L. Jerome Oziel were not privileged communications because Oziel believed the brothers had threatened him.

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