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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 11:12 am, Thu Jul 3, 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE — Firearms and drug-trafficking convictions for two Oklahoma residents were overturned Wednesday, thanks to a skeleton saint known as La Santa Muerte.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a law enforcement expert on Santa Muerte tainted the convictions of Rafael Goxcon-Chagal, 53, and Maria Vianey Medina-Copete, 38, by testifying the folk saint was “a very good indicator of possible criminal activity.”

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