Trial begins for US soldier charged in Iraqi shooting death

[JURIST] Staff Sgt. Shane Werst's military trial is set to start Monday in the shooting death of Iraqi detainee Naser Ismail. Werst was charged in November 2004 [AP report] after a soldier in his squad reported that Werst shot Ismail, already in custody after a house raid, and then planted a gun on him to give the appearance of a shooting in self-defense. Werst, who backed out of an earlier plea bargain, faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder and obstruction of justice. AP has more.

 

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