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Judge dismisses Alamo civil suit

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TEXARKANA, Ark. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of Tony Alamo's former wives who alleged they were physically and sexually abused by the evangelist.

U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey didn't rule on the alleged violations in the convicted evangelist's case, but said it should be heard in state court.

The case was scheduled for trial next week in Texarkana. Hickey had set aside seven weeks to try the case, which included dozens of defendants. She said it would be inappropriate to hear the case in federal court, knowing that the case would have to be re-litigated in state court.

Alamo is serving a 175-year prison sentence on sex-related convictions. The victims in Alamo's criminal case are among the plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit dismissed last week.

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