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Hearing set for Mesa man accused of selling ammo to Las Vegas shooter

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PHOENIX — Another court date was set for a Mesa man accused of selling armor-piercing ammunition to the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

The U.S. District Court hearing for Douglas Haig had been scheduled for next week, but was moved to June 21 to provide more time for forensic testing of evidence and consider resolving the case before any indictment is filed.

Prosecutors charged Haig, 55, with conspiring to make and sell armor-piercing ammunition.

Authorities said Haig’s fingerprints were found on unused armor-piercing cartridges found inside the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd Oct. 1.

Haig, said the two met at a Las Vegas gun show and that he legally sold tracer rounds to Paddock weeks before the concert shooting that killed 58 people.

Tracers light up after they are fired, allowing gunfire to be tracked.

“He said he was going to go out to the desert to put on a light show, either with or for his friends,” Haig said earlier this year.

“I can’t remember whether he used the word ‘with’ or ‘for.’ But he said that he was going out at night to shoot it with friends.”

Paddock killed himself in a hotel room near the shooting as authorities closed in on him about an hour after the attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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