U.S. Marine sergeant back in court ahead of retrial
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 01:08
Feb. 13 - Sgt.Lawrence Hutchins III is facing a second court martial in the 2006 death of an Iraqi civilian. Jennifer Davis reports.
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A U.S. Marine facing a second court martial in the 2006 death of an Iraqi civilian was ordered Thursday to stand trial in August. He said outside court he was eager to put the case behind him.
Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III was formally advised of the charges during a hearing at Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California, but he didn't enter a plea because he's looking for a new defense team.
Hutchins was the leader of a squad of Marines on a mission to stop Iraqi militants' use of improvised explosive devices when witnesses say he and another marine shot a 52-year-old father of 11 and grandfather of four and placed an AK-47 and a shovel next to the corpse to suggest he had been planting a bomb.
His 2007 conviction was overturned by a military court that found a statement he gave to U.S. Navy investigators while in custody should have been ruled inadmissible. The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces re-instated his conviction the following year, but overturned it again in 2013.
Hutchins is charged in the retrial with murder, conspiracy, making false statements, obstruction of justice and larceny.
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