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Ex-sailor will stand trial in deaths of 3 prostitutes

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DETROIT — A former Navy sailor charged with five murders was ordered Monday to stand trial in the slaying of three prostitutes.

District Judge Maria Luisa Oxholm ruled during a preliminary hearing that John Eric Armstrong, 26, should be tried in the strangling deaths of three prostitutes from the Detroit area. He already has been ordered to stand trial in two other killings.

Robert Mitchell, Armstrong's attorney, previewed his likely defense by contending that confessions authorities say Armstrong made were coerced.