Trial for Haditha Marine squad leader is delayed

AP News
Posted: Oct 29, 2010 1:55 PM
Trial for Haditha Marine squad leader is delayed

An attorney for a Marine whose squad killed 24 Iraqis nearly five years ago says his client's court-martial is being delayed to Jan. 24.

The trial on charges of voluntary manslaughter was to begin Tuesday at Camp Pendleton for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich. He is the last defendant in the high-profile case stemming from the November 2005 killings in the town of Haditha.

Attorney Neal Puckett said Friday that prosecutors agreed to wait for a military appeals court to rule on a defense request to dismiss the case. The defense argues that the prosecution's team of military lawyers were unfairly allowed to remain on active duty.

Eight Marines were initially charged with murder or failing to investigate the killings. Six have had charges dismissed, and one was acquitted.