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12-31-2007, 06:02 PM

LOS ANGELES - A Marine will be court-martialed on reduced charges in the killings of 24 Iraqi men, women and children in the town of Haditha in 2005, the Marine Corps announced Monday.

Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, 27, of Meriden, Conn., will stand trial on charges of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, dereliction of duty and obstruction of justice. No trial date was set.

The killings occurred Nov. 19, 2005, after a roadside bomb hit a Marine convoy, killing the driver of a Humvee and wounding two other Marines. Wuterich and a squad member, Sgt. Sanick Dela Cruz, allegedly shot five men by a car at the scene. Wuterich then ordered his men into several houses, where they cleared rooms with grenades and gunfire, killing unarmed civilians in the process.

At his preliminary hearing, Wuterich said that he regretted the loss of civilian life but that he believed he was coming under fire from the homes and was operating within the rules of engagement when he ordered his men to assault the buildings.

Wuterich faces a sentence of up to 160 years in prison if convicted of all counts, Marine spokesman Lt. Col. Sean Gibson said, though experts say such an outcome is extremely unlikely.

03-28-2008, 07:35 PM
Case dropped against Haditha defendant


CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The Marine Corps dropped charges and gave full immunity Friday to a serviceman who was accused of involuntary manslaughter in a squad's killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha in 2005.

Pale Rider
03-28-2008, 11:51 PM
Collateral damage.

03-29-2008, 07:05 PM
Collateral damage.

If they were harboring terrorists, then they are the enemy. Plain and simple.