US soldier 'not responsible' for contractor death

AP News
Posted: Sep 29, 2011 11:45 AM
US soldier 'not responsible' for contractor death

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 ( 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.