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More questions than answers six months after Avina murder

Six months after Rosa Avina was bound, doused with gasoline, set on fire and left for dead, there are still more questions than answers about the fate of the five men accused of murdering her.

Sheriff's officials made the arrests two weeks after Avina, 27, was discovered barely alive outside a farm in Ballico on Oct. 24. She died two days later.

In an interview this week, District Attorney Larry Morse II said it remains uncertain whether the suspects will accept a plea bargain or stand trial. If the case goes to trial, it's also uncertain whether the five would be tried together or separately and whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty, Morse said.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Merced Sun-Star.