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Court-Martial in Iraqi Detainee Killing to Begin

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - Opening statements are set to get
underway this morning at Camp Pendleton in the court-martial of one
of two Marine sergeants charged in the killing of unarmed Iraqi
detainees.
Sgt. Jermaine Nelson and Sgt. Ryan Weemer are charged with
unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty. Opening statements
in Nelson's court-martial are expected today. Weemer is scheduled
to stand trial March 30.
Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Marines were part of the second assault on Fallujah in
November 2004 known as "Operation Phantom Fury," which involved
vicious house-to-house fighting. Prosecutors allege four Iraqis
were killed after being captured in a house where weapons were
found.
If convicted of murder, Nelson and Weemer could face life in
prison.

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