Jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

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Posted: Oct 22, 2014 12:25 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty of killing unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle, more than seven years after the shooting incident that outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-American sentiment around the world.

The Washington jury found three of the ex-guards with the private security company, Paul Slough, Dustin Heard and Evan Liberty, guilty of voluntary manslaughter. It found a fourth guard, Nicholas Slatten, guilty of murder in connection with the first death at the circle.

In all, the jury found the four former guards guilty on nearly every count related to the incident.

(Reporting by Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards; Editing by Susan Heavey)