Murder Charges in Iraq Shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Army finds capital murder charges warranted in Iraq shooting.

An Army investigator has recommended that four Fort Campbell soldiers accused of murder in a raid in Iraq face the death penalty.

That's according to a report obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.

Lieutenant Colonel James Daniel Junior concluded that the slayings were premeditated and warranted the death sentence based on evidence he heard at an August hearing.

The case will be forwarded to Army officials, who will decide whether to follow the recommendation.

The soldiers are part of the 101st Airborne Division's 187th Infantry Regiment. The are accused of killing three Iraqi men taken from a house May 9th outside Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.

The soldiers have claimed they were ordered to "kill all military age males" during the raid.

The soldiers are expected to be tried at Fort Campbell on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

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