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Monday, April 25, 2011

US Army sergeant found not guilty in Iraqi civilian murder
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On April 25, 2008, US Army Sgt. 1st Class Trey Corrales was acquitted by a military jury on charges connected to the 2007 killing of an unarmed Iraqi civilian near the city of Kirkuk. The decision came roughly a week after Corrales's court-martial began in Hawaii, and after he waived his right to an Article 32 pretrial hearing. Corrales had been charged along with Specialist Christopher Shore, who was convicted of aggravated assault but acquitted on charges of third-degree murder. During trial, Shore and his lawyer described Corrales as sadistic, out of control, and claimed that Corrales had given the order to shoot the unnamed Iraqi national.

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