US soldier found not guilty of murder in Iraqi death

[JURIST] Army staff sergeant Shane Werst was acquitted of murder Thursday for shooting unarmed Iraqi Naser Ismail after a trial that began Monday [JURIST report]. Werst said he fired his weapon at the suspected insurgent during house raids in Iraq to save a fellow soldier when Ismail lunged for the soldier's weapon. After shooting him, Werst fired Ismail's weapon into a couch and told another soldier to put the Iraqi's fingerprints on it to make the shooting look like self-defense. The jury included two officers and four soldiers and deliberated for only three hours before finding Werst not guilty. AP has more.

 

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