Marine Corps asks court to reinstate conviction

AP News
Posted: Oct 13, 2010 5:55 PM
Marine Corps asks court to reinstate conviction

The Marine Corps has asked an appeals court to reinstate the conviction of a Camp Pendleton Marine over the killing of an unarmed Iraqi.

Attorneys argued before the military's highest court, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.

Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III of Plymouth, Mass., spent fours years in a military prison after being convicted of killing a retired Iraqi policeman in 2006. Authorities say the man was dragged from his home in Anbar province and shot by Marines who then framed him as an insurgent.

Hutchins' conviction was overturned this year on grounds that he didn't get a fair trial.

He's now stationed at Pendleton.

His attorney, Capt. Babu Kaza, says the case against his client is without merit.

Six other Marines and a Navy corpsman were convicted or pleaded guilty in the killing.