Military jury convicts US Marine of conspiracy in Hamdania Iraqi civilian murder

[JURIST] A military jury Wednesday found a US Marine corporal guilty [press release] of conspiracy to murder, larceny and housebreaking for his role in the April 2006 kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. Cpl. Marshall Magincalda was also found not guilty of premeditated murder, kidnapping and making a false official statement. A jury continued to deliberate Wednesday in the case of another accused Marine, Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III, who faces several charges [JURIST report], including murder.

Five defendants have pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in the death of Hashim Ibrahim Awad [Wikipedia profile], who was removed from his residence and killed, then arranged with a shovel and firearm to appear as if he were planting an improvised explosive device. In February, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Melson J. Bacos testified [JURIST report] that Magincalda was among the Marines who entered Awad's house and dragged him out. Magincalda's sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin Thursday morning. AP has more.

 

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