The two Oaxacan town officials accused of gunning down Indymedia journalist Brad Will were released from prison today after a state judge claimed there was a "fading of evidence" against them.

Will was killed on October 27 while filming a street skirmish between protesters and town officials in the Santa Lucia del Camino, on the outskirts of the state capital in Oaxaca.

Local town councillor Abel Santiago Zárate and his chief of patrol, Orlando Manuel Aguilar Coello, were both set free after the judge concluded that the two were too far away to have delivered the fatal shots.

The judge's ruling was based on new and conflicting evidence presented by state prosecutors, who recently tried to pin Will's murder on the demonstrators he was filming.

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