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Sandusky waives preliminary hearing in sexual abuse case

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - Jerry Sandusky's lawyer says he will not negotiate a plea deal in his client's child sex-abuse case.

Joseph Amendola spoke on the courthouse steps Tuesday after his client waived his preliminary hearing. Amendola says: "There will be no plea negotiations. This is a fight to the death."

He also calls the decision to waive the hearing a "tactical measure."

The decision moves Sandusky toward a trial on child sex-abuse charges. At least some of his 10 accusers had been expected to testify at Tuesday's hearing.

The move was unexpected but not unusual.

At the hearings, prosecutors must show that they have probable cause to bring the case to trial. Prosecutors in this case were expected to meet that relatively low bar, in part because the case been through a grand jury.

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