The Haitian judge deciding whether 10 U.S. missionaries should face trial on charges of trying to take a busload of children out of the country says he will recommend that they be released.
A Topeka firefighter and youth pastor, 34-year-old Drew Culberth, is among the 10.
Judge Bernard Saint-Vil finished questioning the Americans on Wednesday. He now must send his recommendation to the prosecutor, who may agree or object.
But the judge has the final authority to decide whether they stay in custody or go free.
Saint-Vil told The Associated Press he will recommend that all 10 be released.
He would not elaborate, and it was not clear whether that recommendation means the charges may be dropped.