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Mexico to try 7 soldiers in slaying of suspects believed to have surrendered

FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, state authorities use crime scene tape to seal off an unfinished warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon in Mexico state, Mexico. The Federal Judiciary Council said Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 a Mexican judge ordered seven soldiers to stand trial in the killing of suspected gang members after they were subdued, the latest chapter in the government's tardy recognition that executions occurred at a grain warehouse in southern Mexico on June 30. The charges did little to resolve the mystery of how many of the 22 purported gang members killed that day after a gunbattle were executed by soldiers and how many soldiers were actually involved. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, state authorities use crime scene tape to seal off an unfinished warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon in Mexico state, Mexico. The Federal Judiciary Council said Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 a Mexican judge ordered seven soldiers to stand trial in the killing of suspected gang members after they were subdued, the latest chapter in the government's tardy recognition that executions occurred at a grain warehouse in southern Mexico on June 30. The charges did little to resolve the mystery of how many of the 22 purported gang members killed that day after a gunbattle were executed by soldiers and how many soldiers were actually involved. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Mexican judge has ordered seven soldiers to stand trial in relation to the killing of suspects after they were subdued.

The Federal Judiciary Council says the court ruled there is sufficient evidence to try all seven on charges of "actions improper to public service."

Three of the soldiers also face charges of aggravated homicide, abuse of authority, and altering a crime scene.

The council said Friday one of the seven would also be tried on charges of failing to stop a crime or covering it up.

The army originally said 22 suspects died in a June 30 gunbattle with troops. A witness told The Associated Press 21 were shot after they surrendered. A human rights commission said 15 were probably executed, and civilian prosecutors said it was eight.