An Army psychiatrist says a U.S. soldier on trial for killing a civilian contractor in Iraq is a paranoid schizophrenic and "not mentally responsible" for the close-range shooting death.
The court martial of Pfc. Carl T. Stovall III resumed Thursday. The 28-year-old is charged with murder in the March 2009 killing of Hungarian laborer Tibor Bogdan, who was digging a hole when shot.
Army psychiatrist Col. David M. Benedek testified Wednesday that Stovall suffers from a severe mental disorder that makes him unable to understand his actions.
The Killeen Daily Herald ( http://bit.ly/qmacrM) reports that Benedek told the court Stovall had secretly believed he was promoted to an Air Force lieutenant colonel before the shooting.
Stovall is a Georgia native who was on his third deployment in the Middle East.