APNewsBreak: Dismissal of 2 Haditha Marines sought

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4/19/2012 8:14:07 PM - AP News
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy is initiating dismissal proceedings against two Marines from a squad that killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2005.A Navy spokeswoman says Navy Secretary Ray Mabus (MAY'-buhs) made the decision because Sgt. Sanick Dela Cruz and Sgt. Humberto Mendoza lied to military investigators after the massacre.The two Marines were notified of the move Thursday.The Marine Corps dropped criminal charges against both men in exchange for their testimony at the trial of Sgt. Frank Wuterich (WOO'-tur-ich), the squad leader.Wuterich was the lone Marine convicted in the shooting of unarmed Iraqis in the town of Haditha after a roadside bomb exploded, killing one Marine.The Navy spokeswoman, Lt. Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence, says Mabus waited until the judicial proceedings ended before reviewing the case of the two.