Court-Martial Underway In Iraq Death Of Soldiers, Including One From Connecticut

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) _ The lone survivor of a rifle attack that killed two U.S. soldiers at their base camp in Iraq says he can’t recall who shot him, while two forensic experts say they found little physical evidence to link the suspect to the crime.

The military trial resumed Monday at Fort Stewart for Army Spc. Neftaly Platero of Kingwood, Texas, who is charged in the 2010 slayings of Pfc. Gebrah Noonan of Watertown, Conn., and Spc. John Carrillo Jr. of Stockton, Calif. If convicted of premeditated murder by a court-martial, Platero faces a possible life sentence.

A third shooting victim who survived, Spc. Jeffrey Shonk, told jurors he can’t remember the attack. And Army crime lab experts said they found no fingerprints or gunshot residue to point to Platero as the shooter.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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